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#1 of 2 Old 10-21-2013, 06:41 PM - Thread Starter
 
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One of our 22 month olds (twins) is waking too early, around 5 am everyday.  With a 7 pm bedtime this gives her 10 hours of sleep.  11 is the recommended amount at this age.  (As her Mama, I know she hasn't had enough sleep because she's waking up crying and cranky.)  The girls take 1 two-hour nap mid-day.

 

She wants to fall back asleep after an hour of being up, around 6, just in time for her sister to wake.  We've tried blackout shades, white noise, heavier pjs, lighter pjs, rocking, food (she refuses), offering a pre-bedtime snack to up her caloric intake...all to no avail. 

 

Has anyone else experienced this?  What helped your little one?

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When DD was doing this I just treated it as a middle-of-the-night wakeup and did whatever it took to get her back to sleep. Having dark shades helps so the light doesn't wake them up completely too. I would usually rock DD (use whatever going to sleep method you normally use if she wakes in the night) and just be boring. It was annoying that I wasn't sleeping while we were getting this figured out but it was a good investment. I sort of set a mental cut-off time of when she could get up and when I would try to put her back to sleep (usually around 6:30). Of course this often meant that by the time I finally got her back to sleep (which sometimes took up to an hour) the actual wakeup time would be later than usual but it didn't cause a problem for us cause she's our first one. Now how to adapt this to twins, I have no idea, but I hope our experience helps a bit!

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