Posted in Sleep, Toddlers

Waking up too Early!

My son is about 15 months and has decided that between 4-5am is a good time to wake up. He goes to sleep around 7:15/7:30. How can we get him to sleep longer in the morning? Does anyone else experience this? Send help...and coffee... :)

  • Emily
    Dec 06

    I tell my daughter that unless she has to potty then she stays in bed till the sun comes up. I stayed true to her schedule whether she wanted to or not. If it was nap time she didn’t wanna nap well she laid in bed till it was time to get up. And she didn’t nap if it wasn’t nap time. Eventually she just fell into the schedule again. It didn’t take too long. Consistency i found was the best way with sleep and feeding.

  • Beatrice
    Dec 06

    I went through this and spoke with a sleep specialist didn’t know they had those but they say push back bed time My sons original bed time was 7:30 and he would be up at 5:30-6 so she said push back to 8-830 and now sleeps until 7:30-9:00

  • Elle
    Dec 06

    CIO. Consistency. Those two things will fix it in just a few days.

  • Jerome + Suzy Mathew
    Dec 06

    What is CIO?

  • Emily
    Dec 06

    Cry it out

  • Anonymous
    Dec 06

    I agree, push bedtime back! Even just a half hour, maybe try 8/8:30! What also has worked for us is I leave him in bed until it’s time to get up AND I GO and get him, not the other way around. I’m the boss ;) I never get him from bed before 7. He now sleeps 8-8.

  • Emily
    Dec 06

    I never did the cio method but I stuck with the in bed when your supposed to be in bed method

  • Alanah
    Dec 06

    Once my son was around 6 months he was getting put down at 8:00. My son has had the same schedule since. Wake up 8:30 Gets out of crib 9:00 Nonstop mom time 1 sippy cup down at 12:00 Wake up between 2:00-3:00 Goes to sleep at 8:00

  • Eyez119
    Dec 06

    My daughter is 2 . I have always had sleep issues with her though. She has had the same bed time 8-830 for over a year but still gets up when ever she wants and last night it was 2 am and refused to go back to sleep. I have done everything. Let her cry, scream, climbs out of her crib it doesn't matter. She gets up when she wants and I don't know how you change it either. I am single mom. Get up430. Get ready for work take her you the baby sitters by6 (with or with out sleep) she get alittle nap from12 -2. I pick her up at530. Home, dinner,play alittle, bath, book, bed,out. Same routine. People make it sound easy but it's not. Consistence.... Yes. What else?

  • Emily
    Dec 06

    It’s not easy to be parent. Consistency is important and a great piece of advice I was given. Patience is another. It’ll get better with time but there isn’t a magic switch that’ll just make them sleep.

  • Emily
    Dec 06

    Honestly talk to your ped eyez119 if it’s an on going issue and not a she stopped sleeping like she use to. Then it could be a melatonin thing. They could suggest some sleep aids for her.

  • Anonymous
    Thursday

    Yeah... just ignore your child... that’ll fix it. *sarcasm* talk to your doc or push back bed time.

  • Jessica
    Friday

    When my daughter started doing that we tried actually putting her to bed earlier. I know it sounds weird but it actually worked.

  • T
    Friday

    Try 30 minute increments of pushing the bedtime back. Until you find the right fix.

  • Emily
    Friday

    I don’t understand pushing the bedtime back either way they are still not sleeping like they were? They’ll just be up later. I know things work different for everyone and every kid. I was just curious if this made them sleep longer and or if it just pushes wake up time.

  • Christa
    Friday

    We recently discovered that if we wake him up before he’s ready to be awake and take him potty, then get back in bed- all while using a night light, and not turning on big lights, he actually will curl up and go back to bed! Waking up earlier than they are ready re sets the clock a bit for a minute. Also, if it’s way to early, we again, take him potty, make sure he’s tucked in, give him his pacifier, and tell him he has a couple more hours or however long before momma and daddy are ready to get up. And we are just across the hall. He doesn’t even have to go back to sleep, but we make sure he lays there quietly. If you believe he will go back to sleep and lay quietly, he will! I just recently started reading “Bringing up Bebe” where she discusses this sparing match about how to get kiddos to go back to sleep, and where the French just start this sleep training very early, and that there is what she titles the pause, to observe and see if baby really needs something or if they need to just be reassured they are fine, you’re close by and you’ll get them up in a couple hours or whenever you’re ready to get up!! I did this last night. I used to wake up EVERY single night wake up to every noise he made- and I still did last night but I also would go to EVERY SINGLE sound, and be right there. Last night I had to let him and myself self soothe if you will, where I would hear him and check on him a couple times a night. But I didn’t get up if he was just moving around a bit, or squeaking like he does at night time, and only address him if he’s sincerely awake and needs attended too. We both actually slept IMMENSELY better last night! I don’t know if any of this helps, but it’s good info!!

  • Jessica
    Friday

    Pushing back bed time won’t always work especially if you aren’t changing their daytime nap time, it will just screw everything up! I would personally keep the same bedtime, go in when your babe is talking or crying in the morning, make sure they don’t have a yucky diaper. (Mine usually has pooped if he is up that early), then you change them, and put them back to bed “it’s night night time”.... use the 5/10/15 minute cry it out method and after a few days of this they will be right back on track. If there is no dirty diaper, just rub their back and say “night night”....and continue with the 5/10/15.

  • Elle
    Friday

    Ditto @Christa's comment. Bringing Up Bébé is a GREAT book. The ' pause' is common sense in France and works wonders to getting a calm, content, confident disposition in baby.

  • Aje
    Saturday

    How much does he nap during the day and what time does he eat his last meal? My son naps two hours during the day but will sleep 11-12 hours at night. He almost always wakes up around 4 hungry but goes right back to sleep after a little milk until about 7:30.