How to Make Your Baby Wake Up Later
Getting your baby to sleep in is a challenge for many new parents, but it can be done. Here are a few steps you can take to make it happen:
Maintain a Late Bedtime
Your baby can’t wake up any later than she/he sleeps, so making sure your baby’s bedtime is late is key. This means that babies should not go to bed any earlier than 8:30 pm, and this is true even if your baby is quite young and going to bed this late means he/she will only get a few hours of sleep.
Create a Dark Bedroom Environment
Light is one of the most important factors in regulating a baby’s sleep. To promote a late wake-up time, make sure your baby’s bedroom is dark during the night and in the mornings. Invest in blackout curtains and keep lights off as much as possible in the morning.
Make Use of Nap Time
Babies need a lot of sleep, and a big part of helping them sleep in is making sure they are getting enough of it. One way to ensure this is to put your baby down for a nap in the morning, even if he/she is a bit older and not napping as much. Napping can help babies catch up on extra sleep they need to stay asleep for longer.
Reduce Stimulation in the Morning
Babies are easily stimulated in the morning, which means they are more likely to wake up earlier than expected. To minimize this, try to keep the volume down in the morning and create a peaceful atmosphere. Avoid any loud noises or activities that may cause your baby to wake up.
It can take time for you and your baby to adjust to any schedule changes. The most important thing is to be consistent and try to keep to a designated early bedtime, dark environment, and no loud noise in the morning as much as possible.
Finally, remember that every baby is different, and some take longer than others to adjust to a new schedule. Be patient and know that eventually it will get better. Good luck!