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How to change bedtime

I usually know how the night will go even though DD is not on a schedule. Usually she'll BF around 8 or 9 and fall asleep then wakes up again either just before midnight or just after and wants to eat again. So every night I'm not getting to bed til around 1 and I can't wake up til around 9, which I hate. I love mornings and I feel like a day waster when I sleep in past 8. Anyways..what can I do to shift DD bedtime forward? Even just an hour or so. I hate staying up so late and I keep DH up late which isn't good for him either.
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Re: How to change bedtime

  • We are in the same boat -- I try to go to bed by 10:00 so when LO wakes at 1-2 I have already slept some...we have tried a lot of different bedtimes, but everytime we put him down earlier he'll just fuss til 9 or 10, eat and then pass out at his usual time.  If anyone has any suggestions, I'll take em!
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  • It sounds like you don't need to adjust her bedtime but yours...can't you just go to bed super early, after she eats at 8/9, and then wake up earlier whether she's up or not? 
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  • image ExpectantSteelerFan:
    It sounds like you don't need to adjust her bedtime but yours...can't you just go to bed super early, after she eats at 8/9, and then wake up earlier whether she's up or not? 

    We've more or less done that too -- I've stopped going back to bed after LO's 6 am feeding since I'm going back to work in a few weeks.  Plus I get TONS done because he's in such a sound sleep!  And then I'm ready for bed after his 9-10 feeding.

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  • I'd say go to bed when she does, but if you just can't (I couldn't!) then maybe try a dreamfeed before you go to bed around 10 or 11.  It might get her through a longer stretch.  We just started doing DD's bath earlier at 6:30 as opposed to 8pm and now she'd going to bed around 7 or 7:30 most nights.  We were doing a dreamfeed, but she doesn't seem to need it anymore, so we stopped. It did help when she was younger 6 weeks-ish.
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  • We FF, but our feeding schedule is pretty much the same as yours. I just go to bed earlier so that I get an hour or two of sleep in before that first feeding, then I don't always feel the need to go back to sleep after the 6am feeding, even if he's still asleep. It's a good time for me to get a cup of coffee down (if he's awake already, I can't finish it before it gets cold! lol), and get bottles washed, laundry started, etc. I'd say at this stage, it will be easier to change your schedule than LO's!
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  • Again, I agree with PP -- if you can get even an hour or two of sleep in, that nighttime feeding is so much less painful!
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  • Thanks ladies, once again..the center of the universe triumphs over mom haha
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