How To Get Your Baby To Sleep Later

One of the most common complaints that we receive from worried mums is regarding their infants’ fussy sleep schedule which can often keep tired parents up all night craving for a few hours of uninterrupted rest. If your toddler is an early bird who rises way before your alarm goes off, we have a few tricks up our sleeve that will teach you how to get your baby to sleep later.

Babies generally require more than 10 hours of sleep a day – far more than a normal adult – and before you start working on shifting forward his sleeping hours, it’s important to determine whether he is getting enough sleep throughout the night and isn’t waking up before getting at least 10 hours of rest.

If your little one is falling asleep within a few hours of staying awake or seems out of energy throughout the day, chances are that he is in a less-than-suitable sleeping environment which is rousing him before the appropriate wake time.

If an infant experiences an interruption in his sleep and hasn’t gotten enough rest, he may need your help – just like during the night-time awakenings – to fall back to sleep. Check to see if there’s anything in his surroundings that may be the cause of the rousing, for example: excess light, undesired noise or a change in temperature. Your baby may have woken up due to hunger in which case a quick feed can help him doze off into the land of sleep.

If your toddler is still waking up before the crack of dawn, chances are that you may be putting him to bed too early in the evenings. If your little one’s bedtime is around 7:00 in the evening, it is completely natural that he’s up around 5:00 in the morning – after all, there is only so much that an infant can sleep.

Tips to help your baby sleep later

Here are some of the best tips to help your baby sleep till late so that you don’t have to get out of bed before the alarm goes off!

  • Tip 1 – Delay your baby’s bedtime
  • The best way to help your baby sleep till later is to delay his sleep so that you’re already up by the time he completes his 10 hours beauty sleep. Try to keep your infant awake for a couple of hours past his bedtime by not putting him in the crib immediately and letting him play a little longer in the evenings.

  • Tip 2 – Give bed-time snacks and dream feeds
  • Bedtime snacks or night-time feeds go a long way in ensuring that your baby doesn’t rouse early in the morning due to hunger. If the infant is less than 4 months old, he can be fed during his sleep – a phenomenon known as dreamfeeding – just before your bedtime which will help him go on for longer during the night before the next feed.

    To learn more tips for dream feeding, check out our article on How to Dream feed

  • Tip 3 – Infants sleep for longer in the dark
  • Darkness is beneficial for your baby’s rest; the darker it is in his room, the better he will sleep at night. If it’s still bright outside when you put him in the crib or if the sun comes up too early in the morning, make sure to close the blinds properly to prevent any sunlight from streaming into the window, disturbing your child’s sleep.

  • Tip 4 – Make sure that your baby is comfortable
  • Ensuring your little one’s comfort should be your top priority when putting him to bed. Make sure that his sleep suit is appropriate to the weather and that the temperature inside the room is optimum for sleeping. Anything else in his environment that may cause discomfort such as a noise source should be removed. When your baby is comfortable in his sleep, there are lesser chances of him waking up earlier than the desired time.

  • Tip 5 – Have a fixed time for breakfast every morning
  • Another effective way of ensuring that your baby wakes up at your desired time is by having a fixed breakfast hour that their metabolism can slowly adjust to. If you feed your child breakfast at a fixed time every day, their metabolism will slowly get used to it and they will automatically start rousing everyday at the breakfast hour.

    If your toddler is too fussy and demands breakfast earlier than you have to wake up, slowly push forward their feeding time every day by 15 minutes increments until you reach the desired wake time.

  • Tip 6 – Time the naps wisely
  • Untimely naps may be one of the reasons why your little one is dozing off too early in the evenings. It is recommended to avoid giving babies morning naps since it has the potential of acting as the last cycle of the nightly sleep following a brief wake period which can cause early morning awakenings. Gradually move your toddler’s nap time forward to help him sleep better at night. If he is finding it difficult to stay awake till the designated nap time, it is often an indication that he is not getting enough rest at night. Investigate further to find the root cause of his sleep interruptions.

    Changing your infant’s sleep schedule will not be easy or quick, but with some patience and skill, you will surely be able to keep him in his crib until it’s time for you to get up in the morning.


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Hi! My name is Mayella, I am a mother of the 5-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son, both of them are greatly lovely and active. My children have brought me a large number of enjoyable experiences when becoming a mother. As a heath consultant, I have also accumulated a host of useful knowledge about child care, it helps us a lot in the parenting process. With all of the love for my kids, I would like to share those things with you through this blog. Hope that it is able to assist you in having a wonderful time with your babies. Sincerely!

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