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Top 5 tips for preventing early morning wake-ups (& giveaway!) Top 5 tips for preventing early morning wake-ups (& giveaway!)
Is your toddler getting up at the crack of dawn? If so, you are not alone.  It is very common for toddlers to wake... Top 5 tips for preventing early morning wake-ups (& giveaway!)

Early risers a kiss goodnight north shore mama

Is your toddler getting up at the crack of dawn? If so, you are not alone.  It is very common for toddlers to wake up early, especially once they are having a lot of consolidated sleep.  This is one of the biggest frustrations from parents who are exhausted with starting the day at 5am, even on the weekends!   Getting through early morning wake ups takes time and patience, but with consistency it can be done.  Here are my tops tips for stopping early mornings:

  1. A dark room: This is crucial.  Even the smallest sliver of light can start to illuminate a room in the early morning.  Instead of stirring and rolling over to go back to sleep, a child will become fully awake if there is light in the room.
  2. White noise:  Just like light, noise in the early morning can wake your child.  In the middle of the night, you may find that nothing could wake your child, but in the early morning when the body is getting ready to wake up, noises can easily disrupt your child’s sleep.  Using white noise can buffer sound from a busy street or a parent who may need to wake early to go to work.  Instead of everyone tiptoeing around, white noise will block out those extra sounds.
  3. Take a look at your child’s schedule:  Early mornings are often the result of a child being overtired.  Often bringing bedtime down by even 30 minutes can really help.  Although it’s common to think that allowing your child to stay up late will make them sleep in, it’s almost always the opposite!  Depending on nap schedules, usually a bedtime between 7-7:30 is best.
  4. Don’t make waking up too much fun:  When your little one wakes up at 5:00am, what is the first thing you do?  If you are doing things like feeding immediately after taking them from the crib/bed, turning on the tv or even having a snuggle in your bed, you are likely reinforcing those early wake ups.  If your little one is immediately given something they really want, there is no reason to try and fall back asleep.  If you have a baby, try delaying the first feed by a few minutes by starting with a diaper change or a walk around the room.  For toddlers, start with breakfast or something less reinforcing than things like TV, warm milk or jumping into your bed.
  5. Sticking with a wake up time:  Pick a time that you think is reasonable for your child to wake up and then ensure they stay in their crib or bed until that time.  This could mean walking them back to their bed or going in and laying them down in the crib several times.  It is a lot of hard work, especially when you are tired, but if your child is allowed to start the day at 5:00 am, they definitely will!  To help your child stay in bed you can use a clock that changes colour when it’s time to wake up or simply use a digital clock with the minutes taped over.

~~~ WIN ~~~

GREAT NEWS FOR YOU!  Leslie Black (A Kiss Goodnight) and Zazoo Kids are generously giving away a Zazoo Photo Clock ($90 value) to help keep your child in bed until an ‘appropriate’ hour :)

More sleep and happier mornings with the ZAZOO Photo Clock. The clock includes sets of pre-programmed “awake” and “asleep” images but for an even more personalized experience, you can download your child’s name. The perfect solution for kids who get out of bed too early or do not stay in bed all night. The photo alarms show a child visually when they can start the day or when it is time to rest. 

Early risers a kiss goodnight north shore mama

To enter this exciting contest, fill in the Rafflecopter form below.  This contest is open to Canadian residents only and will run until April 25, 2014. Good luck!

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Leslie Black

Leslie Black is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology. She has lived in North Vancouver since age 7 and continues to reside there with her husband Jason and two young children William and Charles, along with their energetic companion Sully the Baoxer. Leslie has been a family counselor for 6 years, specializing in parenting. After successfully using the Sleep Sense Program to teach her boys how to be great sleepers, and working with countless tired parents who wondered how to get their children to sleep, Leslie decided to become a certified Sleep Sense Consultant. Website / Like Us On Facebook / Follow Us On Twitter

  • christina

    April 11, 2014 #1 Author

    6 am!


  • Nicole T

    April 11, 2014 #2 Author

    Great post and tips! My oldest is such a light sleeper and as soon as the light shines in and she hears Dad get up for work, it’s all over for us. 6-6:30am is pretty standard. I know she’s not getting enough sleep though!


  • Tamara

    April 11, 2014 #3 Author

    This is the next step in the future that I worry about so if this would help if be interested and would love to win.


  • Geniene

    April 11, 2014 #4 Author

    The three of them get up at different times – but my oldest sets her clock for 5:50!! Ugh!!!


  • Laura

    April 11, 2014 #5 Author

    This would be amazing.
    My two get up between 6-8


  • sunshine

    April 11, 2014 #6 Author

    Between 8 and 9 am.


  • sarah kilmartin

    April 11, 2014 #7 Author

    it was 7:30… but creeping earlier and earlier… 6:30 this week. I need this clock!


  • Jeannie

    April 11, 2014 #8 Author

    Mine likes to wake up around 6 to 6:30 am!


  • Tina F

    April 11, 2014 #9 Author

    My son wakes up any where from 7-8:30


  • Krista

    April 12, 2014 #10 Author

    Mine used to wake like clockwork at 5 a.m but thanks to Leslie we are now at 5:45-630…working toward 7 am. I am a happy momma!


  • Dee

    April 12, 2014 #11 Author

    7 am


  • Megan

    April 12, 2014 #12 Author

    My fellow usually gets up at 730am, but we did have a 545am start one morning this week – I was not a happy camper!


  • Cher H.

    April 14, 2014 #13 Author

    Oooh. This is the coolest clock ever!!!


  • Cher H.

    April 14, 2014 #14 Author

    Answer: I have an early riser. 6-6:30 AM!!


  • Alicia

    April 14, 2014 #15 Author



  • Angela Mitchell

    April 15, 2014 #16 Author

    My son usually wakes up between 6:15 and 7:30.


  • Jennifer (robbins) A.

    April 17, 2014 #17 Author

    Between 6am-7am!


  • Erin W

    April 23, 2014 #18 Author

    Right now it’s a constant 5:45. This could be really, really helpful!


  • angela m

    April 25, 2014 #19 Author

    Between 6:30-7:30


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