Have you ever been advised to wake your sleeping baby up?
Well, not! We have always been instilled with the idea that we must NEVER wake up a sleeping baby. However, it might be surprising to learn that this is simply not true.
There are, in fact, a few instances when you SHOULD wake your sleeping baby.
A sleeping newborn who hasn’t eaten in about 3 hours.
One of the ways you can help your babies sleep longer stretches at night is to make sure you get their tummies full during the day. Therefore, it is best to limit daytime naps to 2-3 hours. Wake your little one up to eat once the baby’s close to the three-hour mark. This will also help your newborn figure out the difference between day and night sleep and establish her circadian rhythm. You may want to read about how often should you feed your baby.
2) A baby or a toddler sleeping longer than three hours for any nap.
It might be tempting to let your baby sleep longer than three hours because let’s be honest, having that much time to yourself is wonderful. But naps that go longer than three hours (at any age) are typically an indication that your baby is crashing, either from a night of poor sleep or prior short naps. Long naps can also confuse your baby’s sleep cycles.
3) A napping baby whose nap is blending into bedtime.
It is important to have a consistent bedtime for your baby, and part of being able to follow that will depend on your baby’s last nap of the day. Let’s say you’re shooting for a 7 pm bedtime, and at 5 pm your baby is still sleeping. This is a situation where you would want to wake up your baby to ensure there is enough sleep pressure built up before bed.
Although it feels almost painful to us to wake a sleeping baby, taking care of your baby’s sleep patterns helps in developing a healthy sleep cycle for your baby. Connect with Experts at Meet Mumz to solve your queries around your child’s sleep.