By Brooke Nalle
In order to avoid a super early wake up Sunday morning on the new time, spend today shifting everything later by 15-30 minutes. Make sure you shift everything later - feedings, naps, routines, and bedtime. If 30 minutes is too hard for your baby, start with 10 or 15 minutes.
Start tomorrow and on Sunday try to get your routines and schedules even closer to the new time - you should be eating and sleeping on the new time with no problem in just a few days. For example, your napper goes down at 9:15 instead of 9, 1pm, instead of 12:45, and 4pm, instead of 3:45, and bedtime is
at 7:45 instead of 7:30. Feedings work the same way.
In the early morning, do your best to delay your response to your sleeper in a way that you feel comfortable doing. You can push a little more gently here and try to push the times at other moments of the day - naps and feedings. You can also try to catch your sleeper as soon as she stirs to see if you can get her back down quickly.
Do you already have a super early riser? Don't despair, you will probably have more success guiding him back to sleep at 3:45/4am (new time) so that he can start his day later. Also make sure that your sleeper has good falling asleep skills that he can put into practice in the pre-dawn hours. Finally your sleeper might wake early but don't rush to feed him. Try to do one mini activity before you sit down to nurse or offer a
bottle (making a cup of coffee is a perfect example).
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