Tips to a Calm Woken Baby

     Waking your sleeping baby can sometimes seem intimidating. Most parents would agree that it probably isn’t the best idea to wake your child while they are asleep. They are in a complete state of relaxation and waking them would only interrupt that, leaving them to express their frustration the best way they know how – cry or be upset. However, this doesn’t suggest that parents do not need to wake their child every once in a while. Apart from newborns, babies really shouldn’t nap too often. When they are not sleeping, they are learning and absorbing the atmosphere around them. Babies are very fast learners and it is essential to their growth. Although it may not be apparent, they are constantly absorbing what is happening with and to the people around them. Whether it’s a ceiling fan, or floral wall paper, they are always trying to figure out what exactly it is they may be staring at. So allowing them to engage in this linear activity as often as possible is great for your baby’s mental development.

     As they lay ever so contently on their bed, snuggled and warm, you begin to feel a sense of appreciation and pride. Your heart melts as you take notice in the way that your child wiggles their nose, or sleeps with their mouth open. Their soft snoring makes you giggle as quietly as you can. However, you then realize that your child has been sleeping twenty minutes longer than they usually do. Then the question arises. Should you wake them? Realizing that your child will keep you up throughout the night if they nap for too long, you quickly make the decision to do so. But what is the best way to wake them when they just seem so peaceful and calm? How do you prevent them from reacting negatively?

     There are many ways to wake your child from sleep, but the most effective ways to do so without a negative reaction are very simple. The only true reason why a baby gets upset when being woken is because of the fact that they are suddenly pulled from a state of mental and physical relaxation. They then are forced to cope with the realization of their actual surroundings, which is instantly unfamiliar. It is familiarity that’s going to help your child come to terms with their surroundings a whole lot easier. Understanding their senses is also beneficial to the concept.

     Using their senses of touch, smell, and hearing are great ways to get your child to wake up in a happier mood. Usually, the combination of those three senses will work. Before your baby wakes up and opens their eyes, they’re going to take in what they feel physically, and also take in what they smell and/or hear. A mother’s typical approach is a common example of this. The first thing a mother usually does when waking her child is rub their back or arm gently. This stimulates the baby’s sense of touch and gives them something soothing and familiar to adjust to. A mother would then begin to whisper closely in a pleasant voice, giving the baby a specific person to be familiar with and adjust to. The sense of smell is instantly validated for the child simply by their mother’s presence. This combination of actions will help your child slowly understand that they’ve been sleeping and that they need to adjust to their actual surroundings. Another effective method involves gently picking up your baby and cradling them in your arms as you softly speak, sing, or hum. As there are many different methods to waking your baby, applying the basics of understanding familiarity and their senses will surely aid in getting a better, calm reaction.