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So for the past 4 mornings my 2 yo DS has woken up at 5:30am and I'm very afraid this is going to become a habit. I am not a very happy or tolerant mommy at 5:30 <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">. We co-sleep so when he woke up this morning I tried everything I could think of to get him to sleep longer: offered water, patted his back, massaged his tummy in case it was gas... I need more ideas. Our room is pretty dark but I'm going to put up blackout shades anyway. 6, 6:30, 7 is fine but when the alarm clock begins with a 5 I'm <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> Welcome to the club mama. My son has actually been "sleeping in" by staying asleep until 5 or 5:30 lately. He was getting up between 4 and 4:30 for about two months. I thought I was going to lose my mind. He would not only wake up at dawn, but he would start pouncing on me, giggling, screaching, etc. I even tried giving him some Tylenol <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: a few times, but he would just be a little sleepy but playful.<br><br>
I also tried blocking out all of the light in the window, but that only worked for a couple of days. I don't have much advice, but a whole lot of sympathy.
 

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Um, my son has slept til 5:30 the past two mornings, and I feel like that's progress!<br><br>
We had a few lovely months where he'd wake up somewhere between 3 and 5, nurse, then go back to sleep til closer to 7 or even 8. Then over the last few weeks, he has been waking two or three or four times before he's awake for the day, nursing, then dozing, then nursing. He's so squirmy now, I can't really sleep when he's nursing anymore.<br><br>
Here's what we're doing:<br><br>
I set a timer on a very dim lamp on our side of the bed (DS sleeps in his crib, side-carred to our bed). Saturday, I set it to come on at 4:45. Sunday, at 5. Today (Monday) at 5:15. If DS wakes up before that and asks to nurse, I tell him that the milkies are sleeping and they will wake up and he can nurse when the light comes on.<br><br>
The first day, he woke up at 3 and again at 4 asking to nurse. He was angry when I told him he couldn't, but went back to sleep until the light came on. The second two mornings, he was asleep til 5:30! Yee-haw! Who would have ever guessed that sleeping til 5:30 was improvement...
 

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I don't know what time your ds usually wakes up, but that's about average for my 2 yo dd. Sometimes 5, sometimes 6 or 6:30. My two boys were always up by 5:30 until about age 3. Hate to say it, but you might just have an early riser.
 

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I was hoping for ideas <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> He is night weaned so he's not waking to nurse and since waking up earlier (used to be 6:30) he's been taking 3 hour naps instead of 1 1/2 hours. I just want to try to move that hour from naptime back to the morning. It doesn't help that I'm newly pregnant and very tired and nauseous.
 

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Well, it's that time of year where it's light early. My 5yo is always up early, that's just the way it is. I know a lot of kids who wake up earlier in the spring/summer months.<br>
Maybe he could have some toys and water or a snack waiting for him when he wakes up and you could work on having him spend an hour of quiet time by himself in the mornings until X o'clock whenever you think is more reasonable.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Well, it's that time of year where it's light early. My 5yo is always up early, that's just the way it is. I know a lot of kids who wake up earlier in the spring/summer months.<br>
Maybe he could have some toys and water or a snack waiting for him when he wakes up and you could work on having him spend an hour of quiet time by himself in the mornings until X o'clock whenever you think is more reasonable.</div>
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I think my DD is sensitive to this. She was awake at 5:15 this morning and she seems to have a hard time falling asleep until it's really getting dark.
 

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When DS night-weaned, that's when he started waking up for the day. I just made up for the lack of sleep by going to bed earlier. He was also napping for about 3 hours. I didn't try anything to make him sleep later but lately he's been sleeping until 6:30-7am. Saturday morning, he actually slept until 7:45am. Hopefully, this will happen with your DS too.
 

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With my early riaser, I put a hook latch on the inside of my door and set up some toys. I coudl doze and she could play. I also kept a little snack in the room that I would take out for her in the morning. Something easy-- cheerioes and the like. Maybe a sippy of water. Some kids grow out of early waking but my early riser never did. I was also not adverse to a dvd then. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy">
 
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