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Early riser children: 4 tips for tired parents

In the video beforehand: 4 tips so that your baby can finally sleep through the night

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What exactly is meant by getting up early is of course entirely subjective. For some parents it is already seven in the morning, while the others can get up at five without any problems. Whether or not getting children up early is problematic does not necessarily depend on the parents' subjective perception. It actually only becomes problematic when waking up early is a burden for the children.

In general, the first thing to do is to find out whether the child really gets up too early. Good indications for this can be, for example, whether you appear fit after waking up and whether you can start the day well rested. If the little ones always seem tired and maybe even whimpering after waking up, this can be an indication that they are not getting enough sleep.

Very often babies wake up earlier than most parents would like: If the child wakes up at six in the morning, this is considered to be a wake-up time that corresponds to the development of babies and toddlers. So if your little ones get up in the morning with the sun, shining like sunshine themselves and can hardly wait to start the day, you probably don't have an early bird problem at all. At least not on your baby's part.

If, however, your suspicion has been confirmed that your child gets up too early and accordingly sleeps too little, we have a few simple tips and tricks for you that can extend the restful night for you and your sweetheart by a few valuable moments.

1. Don't skip your afternoon nap

In their desperation, many parents at some point skip their afternoon nap or even skip it altogether. They hope that their children will catch up on the sleep they lost during the day at night. But that's not how children work. On the contrary: children who are too tired have greater difficulty falling asleep and wake up earlier. Regular afternoon nap can even help children sleep better and longer at night.

Of course, you should consider the age of the children. The older the little ones are, the less sleep they need during the day. Babies between four and 12 months sleep up to four hours a day, while babies between 12 and 24 months only need 2-3 hours and toddlers from the age of two only need 1-2 hours of nap.

Some children refuse to nap at the age of two or three. So that you (and you) can still relax at lunchtime, we recommend that you put an audio book on. Here at Audible, for example, you will find many great audio books for children * (and maybe for you too), with whom it is wonderful to dream.

So your little ones can relax and listen to the story for 30 minutes or longer and with a bit of luck they can even fall asleep.

2. Send her to bed earlier

Most parents try to postpone their children's bedtime because they think it will help their tired children sleep longer. However, this does not work for the same reason that the lack of afternoon nap does not work either: Overtired children sleep worse and less - and, incidentally, are also in a bad mood. After all, we are not happy when we are overtired.

So bringing bedtime a little earlier can help. Try it out and send your little ones to bed 20 minutes earlier. If this has proven successful, you can move forward 20 minutes - until you have found the ideal bedtime for your child.

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3. Copes with getting up too early, like getting up at night

When parents get their little early risers out of bed in the morning and interact with them, they are confirming that they are getting up early. That means: You are suggesting to your child that this time to get up is okay and that the day can start now. So sometimes it can help if you treat your child early in the morning as if they got up at night. You can calm it down, of course, but don't play with your baby at this time, speak in a low tone and don't turn on any bright lights.

This will give your child the opportunity to go back to sleep. After a week, your problem could have been resolved by itself.

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4. Look for disruptive factors

Sometimes children do not wake up that early voluntarily, sometimes external influences also disturb their sleep. So it can also help if you consciously set an alarm clock that goes off before your little ones get up normally. So you can look for the source of the problem yourself.

It may be too light in the room and you could hang a curtain or blind. Perhaps there is also a bird's nest near the nursery and twittering will wake your baby up. In this case, constant background noise could help drown out the noise. Sometimes solving a sleep problem can actually be quite simple.

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Tips to help the baby sleep through the night

With smaller children, getting up too early is often not the problem, but rather the far too restless nights. The constant wakefulness tears on the parents' nerves. In the first few weeks this is completely normal. Because babies first have to learn that there is day and night. You can support your little ones step by step and work together and gently to ensure that one day they actually sleep through the whole night. In our video we reveal 4 tips that can help.

And always remember: every child has their own pace. Don't get mad if your child takes a little longer. Keep calm and give your child the time they need.

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Important note at the end: The information and tips in this article are merely suggestions. Every child is different and reacts in their own way. It is therefore important that you listen to your child and find out which path is best for you. If you have any uncertainties, urgent questions or complaints, you should contact your pediatrician.

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