Do you have an older child (or two!) in your house being woken up too early or in the middle of the night by your baby?
Here are some tips to help you.
- If your child who is being woken is 3 or older, talk to them. They understand a lot more than we think. Let the older sibling know there will be noises in the night because their baby brother or sister is learning how to sleep and this should not worry them. Talking to them is especially important if they share a room.
- If your kids are sleeping in two separate rooms that are close in proximity, use a white noise machine outside the two rooms to drown out the noises in the middle of the night.
- If the older child sleeps through the night even with noise or wakings by his/her sibling – give him or her a treat or a special thank you surprise. This will go a long way to making the older sibling feel important too and to acknowledge their efforts in this phase.
- Consider a sleep re-arrangement if the sibling is being woken up repeatedly and is losing valuable sleep themselves. Bunking out on a mattress or in a ‘pack and play’ in mom and dad’s room (although not ideal) may be considered as an option for a few weeks to get over this phase.
- Don’t give up! Learning to sleep through the night takes time and patience. You got this!
Hope you found these tips helpful!
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