The Awake Times theory is one of the cornerstones of the Baby Sense book and from the outset was one of the unique aspects of the Baby Sense Way.
Why does it work?
We all have optimal times that we can be awake before becoming drowsy and falling asleep with ease. These are called our circadian rhythms. As an adult your time is 6 hours and thereafter you would happily grab a siesta, if you had the time and space to do so. Babies and toddlers have narrow awake times and these periods lengthen with age. If a baby is not settled to sleep within the window period, she will become overtired. An overtired baby is more likely to fight sleep and to become dependent on strategies to facilitate sleep, such as rocking or feeding to sleep.
In a nutshell:
- Awake Times are the length of time between sleeps – the optimal time your baby can manage to be awake before needing a sleep.
- To measure your baby’s Awake Time, take note of the time she wakes from her sleep and settle her to sleep at the age appropriate time