Parents seldom realize how vital the start time of each day is in setting their child up for success during sleep training, and beyond. If your child starts their day at inconsistent times each morning, they will never be able to have consistent nap times. Read on to discover my top tips for starting your day at the same time successfully!
What Time to Wake Your Baby
My recommendation is to set a firm start time of each day. For example, once my clients enter into a sleep training program with me, I advise them not to do any in-person checks from 4 A.M. until 6:30 A.M, (unless in case of emergency). If the baby is awake at any point prior to 6:30 A.M., Mom and Dad wait until 6:30 A.M. to get their baby up, and that counts as when they “wake up” for the day, regardless of whenever the child actually woke up prior to that time.
Nap Times for Baby
If baby is asleep at 6:30 A.M., I have Mom and Dad wake baby at 7:00 A.M. Either way, their first nap is set at a firm time (8:30 A.M. for babies on three naps, anytime starting between 9:00 A.M. and 10:00 A.M. for babies on two naps, and anytime starting between 11:30 P.M. and 1:30 P.M. for toddlers on one nap).
The Baby Sleep Trainer method does not use wake times when determining what time to put baby down for a nap (and instead advocates for using a “by-the-clock schedule,” meaning the child goes down for naps at their scheduled times, regardless of how short their previous nap was).
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By starting your child’s day at the same each day, and by using a “by-the-clock” method instead of wake times, you are likely to find your child adjusting to a schedule quickly. If you and baby are struggling to build healthy sleep habits, I have affordable training options that can help you both get the sleep you need! Find out more about the Baby Sleep Trainer programs here.