When infants grow and reach the toddler stage, the causes of their crying varies, changing their crying behavior. Are you feeling like going nuts because your toddler wakes up crying EVERY morning?
Find out the reasons why and what you can do as a parent to change this behavior.
Table of Contents
- 5 Genuine Reasons Why Your Toddler Wakes Up Crying Every Morning
- How You Can Help If Your Toddler Wakes Up Crying Every Morning
- Frequently Asked Questions
5 Genuine Reasons Why Your Toddler Wakes Up Crying Every Morning
As babies grow and reach the toddler stage, they may develop an unusual feeling of fear when they wake up in the absence of their parents. It gives them an insecure feeling, and that explains why they cry after waking up and realizing their parents are not present.
Although it may look like it is taking forever, for most toddlers, the hysterical wake-ups are a phase in their developmental stage, and eventually, they will outgrow this behavior.
They overcome this insecure, anxious feeling as they grow old.
Sleeping discomfort is one of the common causes that make toddlers wake up crying.
There are several reasons why they might feel uncomfortable. It can be because a toddler is not getting enough sleep or adequate continuous sleep, and it might make him not feel refreshed in the morning.
Other reasons might be they are feeling too warm or cold, wet, or unwell.
These reasons might make your toddler wake up crying because of discomfort or pain.
Though it is a common problem in adults, most toddlers also suffer from sleep inertia. It is a state where your toddler wakes up feeling groggy or half asleep.
Sleep inertia mostly occurs on toddlers that experience disturbance in their sleep. And, when they wake up, they get a feeling of wakefulness at the same time feeling sleepiness. This kind of feeling makes them feel disoriented and can make them cry because of the weird feeling it can give you.
If you think this may be the cause, it is worth confirming your suspicions with a medical professional.
Inappropriate Sleep Onset Associations
It is a sleep disorder that is brought about by introducing certain conditions such as pacifiers in a toddler’s mouth to make them fall asleep.
When the toddler falls asleep under these conditions and then finds that they are not present as they wake up, they will cry out.
For instance, if you are used to holding or rubbing your toddler’s back while nursing him to sleep, and then wakes up in your absence, he will cry until you go to pick him up.
Too Much Time In Bed Syndrome
It occurs in old toddlers whose sleeping schedule remained the same even as they need less sleep with age.
Some parents keep the same sleeping schedule they had set previously even when the toddler needs less sleep time. For instance, sleep schedules that were set at age one may be too long to sleep at age three.
How You Can Help If Your Toddler Wakes Up Crying Every Morning
As a parent, you can actively help your toddler cope with difficult mornings by applying these tips.
Establish A 30-Minutes Earlier Bedtime
Because one of the reasons toddlers wake crying is because they are still tired, pushing the bedtime earlier will make them get the sleep they need while they still wake up at the set time in the morning.
To accommodate their needs, bedtimes may be moved earlier so that they don’t wake up feeling exhausted due to lack of sleep.
If bedtime is 8 pm, push it to 7:30 pm, earlier by 30 minutes.
Talk To Your Toddler The Night Before And Tell Him To Wake Up Happy
It may sound strange, but wait until you try it!
Messages are powerful and can affect your toddler’s sleep behavior.
Without threatening them, try to talk to your toddler how they will wake up the following morning happy, and finally, you will plant an idea to their mind that they can indeed wake up when feeling positive, excited, and content.
Check your facial expression and tone while communicating so that you don’t express frustration.
Ease Your Toddlers Wake Up Time By Cuddling
Instead of waiting for your toddler to wake up cranky, hug them while they are still asleep. Most likely, when a toddler wakes up and finds that there is no one in the bed, and the room is dark, and all the others are in the dining taking their breakfast, they may get upset thinking they have been left behind.
This feeling will obviously kick start the crying!
Include Your Toddler’s Wake-Ups In To Your Daily Plans
Your toddlers wake up time may feel like a significant disruption to your mornings. If you don’t plan it well, any misstep can mess the whole day.
Plan the day factoring in that your toddler will wake up crying.
Waking up early to deal with your toddler’s crying behavior will allow you to concentrate on what they require without having rigid and fast-paced mornings.
Provide Your Toddler With Tools To Cope
Remember that your toddler is learning how to manage big emotions and cope whenever these feelings arise.
So it is up to you as a parent to show them how to deal with their feelings.
You can begin by labeling and describing their feelings like ‘sad or ‘mad.’
Then give them a plan of action. You can achieve this by giving them things to do when they wake up, such as playing with toys as they wait for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Always tell them that it is not time to get up yet and stick by it. It is difficult, and it will take some time. Eventually, they will learn what time they need to wake up.
Because they are not a morning person! LEt’s not forget that your toddler is a human. It is easy to forget that fact, right? Some humans do not like mornings. Think about what you do when they wake up, are you in their face asking them questions straight away? Leave them to deal with their mood until it improves.
That sounds like common night terror symptoms. My son still has night terrors, and they are harrowing! I hate dealing with them. I just want to jump in his dream and attack anything that is scaring him, but I can’t.
It is not easy to start a day as a parent hearing off your toddler crying. Especially when your toddler wakes up crying every morning! The tools we have discussed on this page will definitely help you, and your toddler.
The good thing is that children outgrow this crying behavior, and so can your toddler.