It’s barely 5 a.m. and you hear your toddler yelping from the crib. The sun’s not even up, you complain to your dead-asleep spouse before going in to offer anything—water, a back rub, a screen—just to get your child to stay put a little longer. But when nothing works, you’re up for the day. Le sigh.
There could be a solve, say the experts.
Morning sleep training is the idea that, just as you “trained” your kid to have a consistent bedtime routine, you can help them learn an AM routine, too.
So, how does it work? According to Janey Reilly, CEO and founder of WeeSleep, a consultancy that coaches infant and toddler parents on sleep routines, morning sleep training is something parents should consider only after they have a solid nighttime routine. “Consistency in the evening is what is going to lead to consistency in the wake time,” she explains. “When a bedtime is consistent and at a proper time for a toddler”—she recommends 7 p.m.—"a consistent wake time will follow.”