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Bedtime False Starts: Let's Kick Them to the Curb!

Is your baby suddenly waking up 30-45 minutes after putting them to bed?

That's called a bedtime ๐Ÿ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ซ๐ญ.


This can be extremely frustrating, especially if your baby is older than 4-6 months, but there are ways to help prevent false starts!


Is your baby suddenly waking up 30-45 minutes after putting them to bed? This is called a bedtime false start. This can be extremely frustrations if your baby is older than 4-6 months but rest assure there are ways to kick this habit to the curb!
Mommy and sleepy baby

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If your baby is overtired, you are likely to experience frantic crying, arching of the back, their little body becoming rigid, and overall becoming very difficult to console. Many times overtired babies can look like colicky babies but once you really learn to read those sleepy cues and put your little one down before they've reached that overtired state, itโ€™s amazing how that frenzy can resolve.


Overtired little ones result in the overproduction of cortisol, causing difficulty to not only fall asleep but stay asleep. These little ones often have a FULL wakeup after one sleep cycle.


Have a little one on your hands that has difficulty taking naps during the day? Daytime sleep protects nighttime sleep so learn how to get naps going in the right direction.


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This can either be caused by too much daytime sleep or a bedtime that is too early. After 4 months, we recommend capping daytime sleep in order to protect overnight sleep, since overnight sleep when the restoration occurs.


Babies have very specific number of sleep hours they need over a 24-hour period and in order to aim for an 11-12 hour sleep period overnight we want to cap daytime sleep otherwise they will sleep less at night because they've already had enough sleep within that 24-hour window. We focus on having solid, uninterrupted night sleep because this is when your baby does most of their growing and developing, as well as adults.