Toddler Sleep Woes: Conquering the Early Morning Wake-Up Call

Ah, the joys of parenting a toddler—their infectious laughter, boundless energy, and, of course, their uncanny ability to rise and shine at the crack of dawn. As much as we adore our little ones, early wake-ups can leave us feeling like we’re in a never-ending marathon. Fear not, weary parents! We’ve got you covered with some tips and tricks to tackle those toddler sleep woes.

1.Shedding Light on the Situation:

Believe it or not, your toddler might be a connoisseur of light pollution. While we adults may appreciate a city skyline twinkling in the distance, our tiny tots have different opinions. You see, their superpowers include heightened sensitivity to light creeping into their rooms. It’s like they’ve joined forces with the neighborhood rooster, exclaiming, “The sun is up, so I’m up!” So, let’s get rid of night lights, turn off those bedroom lights, invest in blackout curtains and blackout blinds, and banish the sun’s rays until a more civilized hour. The room should be so dark that even in the middle of the day you can’t see your hand waive in front of your face with the shades closed.

2. White Noise: A Lullaby for the Wee Hours:

Ever notice how your toddler can sleep through the loudest construction work outside but wakes up instantly when you accidentally drop a spoon in the kitchen? Well, they have finely tuned hearing, like pint-sized ninjas. To counteract those sudden noises around the house, consider employing a trusty white noise machine. It’s like a secret agent, disguising the world’s commotion and allowing your little one to enjoy uninterrupted beauty sleep. Make sure it is loud enough that you can’t hear noise outside of their room.

3.The Clock Conundrum:

Ah, the allure of the “Okay to Wake” clock. It’s like a little time-traveling device, teasing your toddler into believing that the moment it changes, it’s time to conquer the day. Unfortunately, they might become fixated on it, eagerly awaiting that magical moment. So, why not remove the clock from their view? Out of sight, out of mind, and let’s keep our early morning warriors blissfully unaware of the ticking hands of time. Their body will naturally start sleeping past 6am once you have the variable right.

4.The Bedtime Balancing Act:

Picture this: a toddler fighting bedtime like a miniature WWE wrestler. Bedtime mayhem can be a prime culprit behind those pesky early wake-ups. Perhaps it’s time to reevaluate the evening routine. Is your little one going to bed too late? Are they overstimulated before hitting the sack? Adjusting their bedtime may be the key to a more harmonious morning routine. Remember, it’s all about finding that delicate balance, like a trapeze artist gracefully gliding through the air. Toddlers typically need 11-12 hours of uninterrupted nighttime sleep and a nap ranging from 1 hour-2.5 hours.


While toddler sleep struggles can sometimes make us question our sanity, remember that you’re not alone. By addressing common factors like light pollution, noise disturbances, bedtime adjustments, and the infamous “Okay to Wake” clock, we can reclaim those precious extra hours of sleep in the morning. Let’s turn those early wake-ups into peaceful mornings that begin after 6am, all while embracing the beautiful chaos that comes with raising a toddler. So go forth, parents, and conquer those early morning wake-up calls like the superheroes you truly are!

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Jennie is a certified sleep consultant with a background in Child and Adolescent Studies who specializes in teaching toddlers and children to choose to stay in their open bed, fall asleep independently, and sleep through the night. After earning her Bachelor of Science in Child and Adolescent Studies, and spending time in the classroom, she decided to follow her passion and move to New York City to become a professional theatre actress. Between shows, she worked as a nanny. One family had a toddler that couldn’t fall asleep without help, he refused to nap and would wake-up multiple times a night. Frustrated by the lack of resources for toddler sleep issues she became a certified sleep consultant. Relying on her education and experience, she then created Week to Sleep geared for toddlers in an open bed.

Jennie has helped so many families across the country make bedtime easy and enjoyable. She has been featured on Mommy Mingle, Parentville, corporate Google, and buybuybaby. Jennie’s favorite part of working with families is when a toddler runs to their parents in the morning exclaiming, “I did it, I am SO proud of me!