Early risers

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Early risers

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If your toddler's still waking at the crack of dawn there's a couple of things you can do. First of all take check of what the crack of dawn is. If it's before 6 a.m., it's the crack of dawn, if it's after 6 a.m. it's not the crack of dawn and the sleep guide say that they are able to get up after 6 a.m. so that's the first thing you need to do. The second thing I would do is just play around with they're bedtime, sometimes you need to move it fifteen minutes earlier or fifteen minutes later, so just play around with their bedtime a little bit and see if that helps as often that will rectify the waking up too early in the morning situation. And most new parents don't realize this, but they think that if you keep a baby up later they'll sleep in later that's not the case. They'll still wake up very early in the morning, so put them to bed earlier is actually better because they get more of the REM sleep than they get more sleeping in later, so if you put your baby to bed at 6:30 p.m. and they are waking up at 6 a.m., then I'd try 6 p.m. and then they might sleep until 6:30 or even 7 a.m. It doesn't make any sense, but that's the way it works.

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Kathy Sinclair

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Kathy Sinclair is a committed and dedicated baby sleep expert that has spent 2,856 nights without sleep so that parents of newborns could get theirs. During this time she has studied closely the secrets, nuances, and ins-and-outs of baby sleeping patterns. This study, along with her skill and knowledge, has enabled her to be known as the “Baby Whisperer of Los Angeles” by some of her clients, who know that she can get babies sleeping peacefully and easily within a very short space of time.

Kathy is a graduate of Australia's prestigious Charlton Brown Nanny College, a certified postpartum doula, lactation educator, and a certified Happiest Baby on the Block Educator. As the head of Baby Sleep Solutions, a sleep consultation service, Kathy does online, telephone and in person consulting to families who need to get more sleep quickly and without fuss.

Kathy currently spends her time between Los Angeles and Brisbane Australia, enjoying an endless summer and the best of both worlds.

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