We're kind of losing it here. He's been getting up earlier and earlier from a do-able 6am - we're now back to 5am. He quit naps last summer, and goes down like a dream at 7:30 - 8pm. He's never been the kid who slept the most - always has been on the lower edge of recommended hours for his age. He's also an only child, and we don't use tv, and time outs have also not felt right to us for this boy's personality. His "toasty bed" is right next to our large family bed, and he comes up to snuggle around 1am. All is well til 5 when he's UP. REALLY UP. Not sleepy, rocking and rolling and ready to rumble. Poking, pinching, singing loudly, etc. We provided a basket of "morning toys" that he can take back into his toasty bed and play quietly by himself, and that does work for about 15 minutes, but then there's a new round of interrupting adult sleep.
Today for the first time he got a "consequence" of not letting us sleep, which was the removal of his beloved airplanes for the day. We didn't think this was perfect, but since we're not ready to do a punitive time-out (solitude being the ultimate misery for our son) we couldn't think of anything else.
I'm putting this here in Ages and Stages since we're comfortable with our discipline approach, and it feels more like something developmental.
I'm hoping other cosleeping families can give some btdt reflections or advice, especially if you have only children or only one kid in the family bed.
-sleepless in the family bed.... again.