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Many parents complain that their baby wakes up too early. Whether this is a problem in your house that needs to be addressed depends on what kind of early bird you've got. There are two kinds: Babies who get up before they get enough sleep, and those who simply wake up too early for their parents' liking.
To determine whether your baby is getting enough sleep, look at his behavior during the day. Does he seem sleepy? Does he fall back to sleep within an hour or so after his early-morning rising?
Keep in mind that an infant rarely needs less than ten hours of sleep per night. If your baby wakes up before getting a full night's sleep, check to see whether something in his environment is rousing him or keeping him awake. If sunlight is streaming in his window at 5 a.m., for instance, install room-darkening shades. If he's repeatedly waking up with a leaky diaper, try double-diapering or putting him in super-absorbent diapers made for night use.
If your baby is waking up early in the morning and you think he needs more rest, make sure he can put himself back to sleep. If he requires your presence to fall asleep at bedtime, he may demand your help in the morning, too. Many times these early-morning awakenings are the same as the middle-of-the-night variety, but since your child has already gotten most of his zzz's, it's harder for him to go back to sleep. So treat these early-morning wake-up calls just like the nighttime ones, calmly encouraging your little one to go back to sleep until it's time to get up.
If you've gotten into the habit of bringing your baby into your bed when he wakes up but you'd rather he slept longer on his own, be consistent about keeping him in his crib. You'll have a week or so of tired mornings, but you'll solve the issue in the long run.
If your baby goes to bed around 7 or 7:30 in the evening, it's normal for him to be up and raring to go at 5:30 or 6 the next morning. Remember, your baby can sleep only so long, so if this schedule isn't working for you, consider a later bedtime. Sometimes, however, an earlier bedtime will help your baby sleep later in the morning. If your baby goes to bed too late, he'll be sleep-deprived and have more trouble sleeping soundly through the night and into the morning.