Anyone have any suggestions on getting my 1 year old to stay in bed a little longer? He goes to bed around 7 pm in his crib in our bedroom. He wakes 2-4 hours later & I bring him into our bed. He wakes 2-4 more times throughout the night & by around 4 am he is trying to climb over me to get out of bed. Sometimes I can nurse him & get him to sleep an hour or so longer, but not always. When we get up he seems tired still & is pretty cranky until he takes his morning nap. He takes another nap in the afternoon (they last 1-2 hrs each). He has never been a great sleeper at night, but 4 am is just TOO EARLY! Thanks!
With my first, I mistakenly did as told and put him on a feeding schedule when our ped told me to. That's when he stopped sleeping through the night, and I think he was about 3 before he slept a full night again. =/ Honestly, I eventually just made my room childsafe and left toys on the floor for him. I didn't really sleep so much as dozed while keeping an eye on him/ ear out, but he would play contently for half an hour to an hour, then crawl back into bed with us and go back to sleep. When I fought to make him sleep, he'd just be up for hours fighting sleep. In our case, I found just giving him a safe space to do his thing worked best.
We had a crib for ds but only used it a couple of times. At 1, ds had a "big boy bed" - one of the toddler sized car beds. The angles and curves made it easier for him to get in/out on his own so he could come to me when he wanted instead of my having to get up to get him...though he really only liked to sleep there for naps during the day.
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A LC consultant friend gave me some tips about how to sleep through a night nurse, and I swear it saved the day! DD would just crawl over me and have lunch all night, and I'd wake up with that milky smell all over (but we slept!) I think some nights she may have nursed almost nonstop...especially during the teething time.
ETA: While sometimes I could get DD nursed to sleep around 8, it was more likely to be a little later. Perhaps beginning the nighttime sleep a bit later might shift the wakeys past 4?
Well - you can call me for a pre dawn play date! My DS is 2 now - and consistantly wakes between 4 - 6AM his whole life. Pretty much he will wake at about 5AM and nurse for 30 minutes or so before demanding that we 'awake' - i do recall about a month of him getting up at 4 AM - it was last January - he was about 16 months old - i didnt 'do' anything to fix it ....i dont know that you can ....i could keep him awake until 10 PM and he would still get up just as early....although my MIL never believed that and laughed at me for putting him to bed at 6PM....
He is young enough that i would try side carring the crib - have toys at the ready - when he wakes at 4 and he wont snuggle/nurse back down right away - you can doze, in your bed....while he plays with toys right next to you....maybe if he plays for a little while he'll go back down....or, he may just hot you with his toys....
he may just be an early riser - i know for us...keeping him up later never got us anywhere! Good Luck and enjoy the sunrise!
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3 of my kids have been or are early risers. We do the black out blinds, white noise, it never mattered what time they went to bed at night, they were just wired to wake up early. The toddler years were always the worst, I am currently getting up between 4:30-5am every day with my 17 month old and have been for quite some time. It bites. One child eventually out grew out, I'd say about 6-7 and she would sleep in until 7-7:30 (yes, that is considered sleeping in here!) but her siblings are noisy... My 6 year old still wakes up by 5 most days, and then the toddler of course. We just have early nap and bedtimes to compensate. And I drink lots of coffee, several pots through out the day.
This happened to us every Solstice time. The dark late into the morning totally confused their bodies. It would steadily get better as the morning became lighter. Same thing happened around summer solstice, though not so badly. This is the first year my girls have slept through the dark mornings, and they are 6 and 8. It hasn't been as extreme as what you are describing for several years, though.
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I have the same problem with my soon to be 16 month old. I try to keep on schedule to put her in her crib at 9 or a little after and she still usually wakes up at 12am or 3am. She still uses a bottle (for bedtime and nap time only).. Once I give her the bottle she usually goes right too sleep. Have you considered putting the little man to sleep a little later? Also have you tried night time warm baths and lotion massage before putting him to bed and try feeding him some too (if you don't already a little before bed) I read that if the baby gets put to sleep with a fuller stomach they will sleep longer. I'm sure you know this too.. but it's worth a shot, Good luck