STEP 3: Don’t rush!
Remember when you had a newborn and YOU woke up throughout the night because of their (cute) grunts, whimpers and coos? Babies are noisy! While they do grow out of many of those little whimpers, we naturally make noises and shift as we sleep.
No one gets into their bed and stays totally still for 8+ hours a night.
It’s very common that as your baby changes from one sleep cycle to another, they may make noises and more than likely will move their body around. Before you rush in because they are “awake” — just watch them!
The beauty of a video monitor is that we can see exactly what is going on! Watch and see.
Is your baby trying to roll over to get cozy again?
Is your baby trying to find their fingers to suck on to soothe themselves?
Is your baby going to let out a few drowsy cries before going back to sleep?
“But how long!?”
This one hundred percent depends on your sleep philosophy and how you have sleep trained your baby.
If your little one knows how to sleep independently, you may need to wait around ten minutes (depending on protest levels) before calling the nap “over.”
If your little one doesn’t know how to independently sleep, you will need to get them up fairly quickly, or get them back to sleep quickly, as they are searching for whomever/whatever it was that helped them sleep in the first place.
Waiting a few minutes to see if your baby is ready to get up, or is going back to sleep, means the difference between a 30 minute nap or a 1.5 hour nap.
It’s powerful to allow your baby space and watch what they will do!