Has anyone successfully gotten an early riser to sleep a little later?
DS used to sleep until 7:30 or 8 on days that I didn't work, including weekends. I work 2-3 days a week and on those days I have to wake him up at 6 so we can be out the door on time. In the last couple of weeks, he has been waking up earlier and earlier, to the point that he's now waking up between 6 and 6:30 every day. I know he's still tired and he's been cranky during the stretch from waking up to his first nap (I actually put him down a half hour early yesterday because he was so tired, whiny, cranky, etc.) but when he first wakes up in the morning he's wide awake, happy and has no interest in going back to sleep. We co-sleep for part of the night, so he's in our bed in the morning, therefore it's not really an option to just let him play in his crib (and putting in his crib to play just results in screaming).
He takes 2 naps during the day and they are an hour to an hour and a half each (so he gets 2 1/2 to 3 hours of sleep during the day) and typically goes to sleep around 8:30. Last night, as an experiment, I tried putting him to bed a little later but he still was wide awake at 6:15.