This week just gone, my toddler turned into the early waking demon for the umpteenth time since she arrived on the planet. My toddler was waking up too early!!!!
A quick visit to the likely suspect forums will see a myriad of threads about early wakings, fraught with pleas for help from exhausted mothers, advice and general shoulder crying.
Having been round this block time and time again, I look back at the frazzled times when we were desperate for the early wakings to pass with a wry smile as I think about all the advice people have to give – put them to bed earlier, put them to bed later, try black out blinds, try a wake up clock, try cutting or moving their naps, try giving them some milk or a snack so they go back to sleep, are they too hot? Or cold? Do they need an extra snack before they go to bed?– the list goes on and on.
Yes, all advice that once upon a time I would have desperately been trying, in a last ditch attempt to “fix the problem” of early waking, just so I could have another hour in bed.
As with so many instances where we try to “control” the situation with our little ones, I have learnt that in the majority of cases, pretty much all of the above is an utter waste of time.
In my humble experience, early wakings are usually down to one of three things: developmental, teething and illness and unfortunately, there is not a huge amount you can do in these instances to coax a later wake up time apart from ride the wave and see it through.
So my best piece of advice for early wake ups? Sure, you can try everything and more mentioned above, just for peace of mind that you have ticked them all off, you can try to fight it or change it as best you can, albeit to probably no avail. But really it comes down to this: Know that this too shall pass.
And now by time of print, guess what – it has.