This question came directly from a ninja parent with this problem:
“I can’t identify a trigger but [my three-year-old] wakes up sometime around 1 to 3 AM and is just wide-awake and mad that it’s not morning yet. Any tips on sleep stuff?”
In this episode we talk about what to do when your child wakes up in the middle of the night and doesn’t want to go back to sleep.
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Cheat sheet for middle-of-the-night-wake-ups
1. Recognize that this kind of thing happens.
I don’t love the word “phase” but it sure applies here. Also, part of this is understanding this phase will pass. Try to find some positive aspects and traits of your kiddo, instead of focusing on the negative. (I do know how hard that is… I share it because it’s really helpful. Hugs as you are going through this <3
2. Ask yourself: what can they do for themselves at this time?
Maybe it’s a book light and a bunch of books, in a special bag, reserved just for this time?
3. Ask yourself “How can I influence their behavior?”
Here are my suggestions: communicate “sleep.” Keep the lights dim. Be there for them, in a “kind and quick” (in the words of this ninja parent) way.
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