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  • Emma

    March 22, 2024 at 12:06 pm

    Hi Nicola!

    It’s so lovely to hear you loved the course. I’m always nervous when I first release a new course or a video as I never know if parents will find it helpful. So it’s honestly great to hear that you loved it!

    It sounds like your little one has a great routine (except for the early morning wakes, of course). I don’t know if it helps, but you might find it comforting to hear that early morning wakes are quite common at this stage. You can do things to push those early wakes to between 6 and 7 am.

    So that I can give you the correct answer, I have a few questions. When you have time (I know how busy life can be with a baby, so there is no rush), can you answer the questions below?

    1. How do you get your little one to fall asleep during the day and for bedtime?

    2. Do you have a routine that you do? If so, what’s the final step of the routine?

    3. Does he use a pacifier?

    4. Where does he sleep overnight?

    5. Is there anyone else in the room? If there is, do they snore/are they a noisy sleeper?

    6. At the early morning wake (4.30am—5:30am), is the house generally quiet? Is someone up getting ready for work? Are there animals in the house?

    7. When he wakes for that 4.30/5 am feed, does he fall back to sleep if you hold him in your arms? Or does he stay awake and is ready to start his day?

    8. When you feed him at 4.30/5am, do you have a light on in the room/is there some light creeping into the room, or is it dark (so dark enough that you can’t see your hand if you were to hold it in front of your face)?

    9. For the 4.30am – 5am feed do you change his diaper or burp him after the feed?

    10. What do you do if he stays awake after that early morning feed? Do you turn on the lights and start your day – so get up and have breakfast, or do you stay in the room and keep it dark until a set time?

    Sorry for all the questions. I just want to understand what is going on before I provide possible reasons for the early morning wake and solutions.