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Best ways to wake up your baby if you needed to

Updated: Nov 13, 2022

Newborns have an impressive ability to ignore the world around them when they see fit to sleep. In fact, most of the time they are able to ignore everything except for hunger and diaper changes. For some parents, this can be a godsend; for others it can be an incredible challenge to get their child up in the morning.

If you find yourself in the position of needing to wake up your baby, here are some simple techniques below:


1) The kinder, gentler approach

The best way to wake up your baby is by using a soft and gentle approach. For example, you could run a gentle hand or spoon over their body, and speak in a soothing voice. You could do this while they’re sleeping on their side as it would be easier to wake them up if they’ve been sleeping on their tummies, but also safer if they’re asleep on their backs. The more direct approach If you’re still struggling to get your baby up, then try using a more direct approach. For example, gently shake their arm or leg to wake them up. This can be done while they’re sleeping on their side as it would be easier to wake them up if they’ve been sleeping on their tummies, but also safer if they’re asleep on their backs.

If your baby is in their cot and you want to wake them up, try gently rocking the mattress back and forth. This will often cause your baby to stir and start to wake up. The louder approach If the gentle approach isn’t working for you, it’s time for another strategy. A loud noise like a horn or alarm clock can be effective in waking up your baby if they are sleeping on their side.


2) Dressing down

If baby is sleeping, your chances of waking up are much higher if you dress down as well. Put on some pyjamas and wear a shirt you don’t mind ripping, if necessary. Even if your baby isn’t asleep just yet, they’ll be more likely to pay attention to someone in their pyjamas than someone who looks presentable. The water approach If you’re not quite ready to strip down and get dressed down, another option is to get some water. A large bucket of cold or warm water can be poured on your sleeping child, which will wake them up faster than any other method.

Try tickling a baby’s feet or hands. This is another approach that can be very effective in waking up a sleeping baby. It helps to get them thinking about something other than sleeping, and you may be able to get their attention with this method alone. Banging objects together If the gentle approach doesn’t work, try banging two objects together like spoons or forks against each other.



3) Double-duty diapering

There are many ways to wake up your baby. Short of honking a horn right next to your child’s head, this is probably the most effective way to get them going in the morning. You can use a regular diaper as a newborn swaddle blanket, then transition into using it as a daytime diaper cover or liner once you’re big enough to roll over onto your tummy. This way, you don’t have to buy separate sleepers for daytime use and extra-extra-large overnight diapering. Having the same outfit on for both night and day sleeping is ideal at this stage because you won’t have to worry about finding one sleeper that fits from morning (or evening) until bedtime.

If you’re in a cold climate, use an extra-large diaper as a swaddle blanket to keep your baby warm at night. You can also put one on them during the day as an undershirt for added warmth. When it comes time to transition from swaddling to not, this will allow you to use the same outfit for both daytime and sleepwear.

If you’re in a warm climate, use an extra-large diaper as a sun hat to protect your baby’s head from the sun. You can also put one on them during the day as an undershirt for added warmth. When it comes time to transition from swaddling to not, this will allow you to use the same outfit for both daytime and sleepwear.


4) Cleanliness is next to wakefulness

Cleanliness is next to wakefulness, which is why you should keep your infant’s crib or bassinet clean in every sense of the word. To maximize your baby’s sleep experiences, remember: Your baby’s room should be as free of clutter and dust as possible. Keep in mind that the amount of air flow makes a big difference in how comfortable your baby feels while he or she sleeps. Remove any unnecessary clothing or other items from the crib so they don’t create excess heat or create pressure points on their bodies.

Make sure your baby’s crib is in a safe location A crib should always be placed away from windows or heaters. It should not be near any objects that could fall on your child, like furniture or large pieces of heavy equipment. If you have an older child who still uses a crib, make sure that he or she cannot reach any electrical outlets with their fingers. If the crib is in a room with a door, make sure that it can be locked from the outside. This will prevent any unexpected visitors from entering without your permission.


5) Conclusion

The conclusion of waking up a baby is that it’s always best to practice back-up plans in case one way does not work. For example, make it a habit to talk and play with your baby before going to sleep at night. Then when you need to wake them up in the morning, singing will obviously not work (unless you are a professional singer) so you could use another method. It is important to try every method before giving up on the routines you have established with them at bedtime because having an established routine will help your baby fall asleep and wake up on their own at night.


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