Have you ever wondered why your child wakes up at night no matter what you do? I’m sure you did! The answer? Your baby is probably overtired. And why if she is so exhausted she actually doesn’t sleep? Here the 5 most common reasons why your child wakes up at night: 1. Too late of a bedtime Children need an average of 10-11 hours at night. The most common wake up window in the morning is between 6am and 7:30am. Before 6am, it’s still considered night time and not acceptable for your child to get up. After 7:30 am the sleep is not deep and restorative as it is in the early hours of the night. On the other hand, the most physiological bedtime window for children is between 6pm and 8pm. This is the time when they are more likely to fall asleep and when we actually can minimize the tears and the resistances. Don’t be afraid to put your child down too early at bedtime! 2. Missed/short napping In the past (maybe we still) we used to say: “get that baby tired and she’ll sleep through the night! “. Everybody used to believe that the less sleep during the day,
If your child sleeps pretty well at home, it’s more than normal to be concerned when it comes to disrupting their sleep while on vacation. The trick is to minimize changes in their schedule and environment as much as possible, working on preventing and avoiding bad sleep associations while you are away from home. Then, once back home, resuming your routine straight away to avoid any headaches. Here are my suggestions to keep you and baby on track sleep wise while on vacation: WHAT TO PACK? First thing to think about is “How to recreate their sleep environment” as much as you can so they feel comfortable in the new but temporary place. White Noise Machine: This is essential to block out noises from the street, the hallway, even from other rooms where you for example might be enjoying a glass of wine or some adult time with your loved one. Lovey: Don’t forget your child’s favorite lovey! Be sure to pack it to avoid a frantic store dash on vacation. Put it in your hand luggage so it won’t be missed if your luggage is temporary lost. Also, remember to bring her favorite books to help recreate the same bedtime routine.