March 2012 Moms

Early risers

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.

Any suggestions? 

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  • WipzWipz
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    Usually if my guy wakes early it's because he wants a drink.. so I keep a bottle of water beside the bed.  He will usually drink a few ounces and roll over and go back to sleep.

    This morning however he decided he wasn't needing any more sleep... unlike mommy... so we ended up getting up and making breakfast for him and when daddy came home about half hour later we all went out for breakfast. 

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  • DS always wakes up around 6 also, I don't really mind. I don't think there is much you can do to get him to sleep in later, especially if he is in your bed in the morning.
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  • eyenigheyenigh
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    For us, the later he goes to bed, the earlier he wakes up in the morning-- unless he's sick. I try to keep him very active during the day so he sleeps hard at night, which is usually pretty successful as long as he goes to bed at a consistent time. 
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  • I would think that if he's in your bed there really isn't much more you can do to help this.  And I'm in agreement that the later a child goes to bed the earlier there going to wake up.  I believe it's due to the change in daylight, but my dd has started waking a bit earlier too and going to bed a bit later.  I'd put her down at the same time, but she'd not zonk out until 1hr later.  She doesn't sleep with me, so here's what I've done.  I adjusted her bedtime to 7pm (from 6/6:30).  She would still wake at 6/6:30am (used to be 7/7:30).  I then made her stay up until 12pm..mean mommie.  She only takes one nap.  The first day she only slept for 1.5 hrs..she was ok.  A little cranky come 7pm, but fine.  The next day we kept to the same routine and she woke up at 6/6:30.  I ignored her for a bit..went in by 6:40am.  She napped longer that day.  Put her to bed at 7pm..next morning she woke at 6am and I ignored her (she was just chattering in her bed).  1/2hr later she fell asleep until 7:30am.  I kept the same routine and now with the later bedtime, she's waking at about 6:30/7am as opposed to the 6am..that's about as good as it's going to get for me..but I still don't go in (unless she's bawling) until about 7am.  It's meant for me that she's napping longer to make up for the lost sleep from waking earlier and the good part about it is that I still get to stay in bed at least an extra 1/2 hr..I still hate the early wake up though but I don't think I can change it much better than that.  I don't know how much of a help that info will be given your situation, but take from it whatever help you can find.
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  • The later DS goes to bed, the earlier he wakes up. I know it seems counter intuitive, but it is absolutely 100% consistent with him. So, all I can suggest is an earlier bedtime. GL!

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  • Thanks all!  Guess we'll keep his bedtime at 8-8:30 and buy extra coffee Stick out tongue  We're going to work on moving him from our bed to his crib over the summer (DH and I are both teachers so we'll be off and rough nights won't be as much of a problem for us) and will probably consolidate down to one nap then as well.

    Wipz, I'll try offering water too, maybe he's just thirsty!  He does usually down a pretty good amount of water between when he wakes up and when he eats breakfast, so it's possible.  Or wishful thinking.  But it can't hurt! 

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  • DS went through a phase a couple months ago where he was up by 5:30am every single day, with 5am being his normal wake up time. Nothing I did changed anything and this went on for at least 3 months. Later bedtime, earlier bedtime, not letting him nap too late. Nothing helped. One day he miraculously starting sleeping past 6am, so I no longer consider 6am "early" lol. Some kids are just earlier risers, and it sucks!

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    Thanks all!  Guess we'll keep his bedtime at 8-8:30 and buy extra coffee Stick out tongue  We're going to work on moving him from our bed to his crib over the summer (DH and I are both teachers so we'll be off and rough nights won't be as much of a problem for us) and will probably consolidate down to one nap then as well.

    Wipz, I'll try offering water too, maybe he's just thirsty!  He does usually down a pretty good amount of water between when he wakes up and when he eats breakfast, so it's possible.  Or wishful thinking.  But it can't hurt! 

    I give a little milk and DS usually goes back to sleep. Keep it dark and quiet and maybe it will work.

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    If DS doesn't nap well or if he goes to bed too late then he's up super early. I find that good naps make for the best night sleep.

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  • Thanks everyone.. he napped really well during the day, just woke up super early.  But the last couple of days he's been back to sleeping normally (slept until 7:15 this morning.. it was lovely!) so I'm hoping it was just a weird phase.  Fingers crossed!
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