Updated: Dec 29, 2020
Should you ever wake a sleeping baby?
Many parents (and grandparents!) would say no but I disagree with this. A baby's nighttime sleep is directly affected by what happens during the day, and too much daytime sleep or a baby sleeping through feeds or meal times can result in nighttime wake-ups that could be avoided.
If you are sticking to a daytime routine to help your baby's sleep then timing naps is a great way to stay on schedule and there are loving, gentle ways to wake your baby if you need to, including:
Unzipping your baby's sleeping bag and opening the blinds or curtains to let in natural light allowing them to then wake up gradually
Turning off the white noise machine (if you are using one) and quietly saying hello or good morning
Giving them a loving rub on their belly or back and a kiss⠀
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