You place your child to bed and 40 minutes later, she’s up screaming. Sometimes she can fall back asleep on her own, but sometimes you go in and rock her or feed her to greatly help her fall back asleep. What’s that?
IT’S CALLED A 40 MINUTE SLEEP INTRUDER!
OK, so forget the fancy name, what does it mean? Hate to state this, but it is a good indication your baby is over-tired.
HOW TO BATTLE THE 40 MINUTE INTRUDER:
1) Try a youthful bedtime: An earlier bedtime is a superb way to battle a sleep problem, especially if your child isn’t having the sleep that they need. An early on bedtime is similar to magic but without the magic wand! Start with moving your child’s bedtime 15 minutes earlier and see if which makes a difference. Excersice the bedtime earlier by 15 minutes to get an ideal bedtime as soon as your child decreases easily and stays asleep for the longest duration and wakes up happy and well-rested. Creating a sleep journal will assist you to begin to see the trends.
2) Give your child the benefit of falling back asleep independently: It’s so easy to rush into your baby’s room at every cry. But find a time that you are comfortable waiting (even if it’s only 1-3 minutes to start) to greatly help your child fall back asleep on the own. For an infant over the age of 4 months, I suggest focus on 5 minutes and work around 15 minutes. Let your child surprise you using their awesome soothing skills.
Bid farewell to those 40 minute intruders and say hello to a well-rested baby!