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It seems that no matter what we do ds, 2.5, wakes up at about 4 am every morning raring to go. He goes to bed between 8 and 9. He is pleasant and energetic when he wakes up. He is usually hungry, but giving him a snack in bed isn't helping to get him back to sleep. He used to sleep until around 7, but for over a month now, around 4 am he is wide awake. If we keep trying to get him back to sleep, usually around 6 or 7 I can get him back down for another hour or so. From what I have read this isn't really enough sleep for a kiddo his age. And quite honestly, we aren't that fond of waking at 4 am every morning. Any thoughts or suggestions?
 

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Well, it may be no help for your current situation, but both of myine went through this....although not at 2.5. DS is now 2.5 and loves to sleep, but around 18 months he would get up around 4 or 5 after going to sleep around 10-10:30. Sometimes he would just climb of the mattress and play in the dark by himself and com eback to bed, but sometimes he'd be totally ready to be up for the day so I'd just get up with him. I didn't make a big deal about it really, but I would remind him when I was passed out on the couch that mama is still tired because the sun hasn't even come up today! It didn't really last long though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">. DD did this recently and she's only 9 months, so I'm sure I've got another round of 4 am waking to come <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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All three of mine varied soooo much in how much sleep they needed. #1 was "textbook" (what those awful books say your child needs), #2 slept 18 hours a day, I swear, until around 3 or so... and #3 rarely sleeps - she maybe gets 8 hours a night, and has taken only very short naps since birth (she's 2 now)... there is no "right and wrong" here, everyone's different! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Our ds was doing that for a while (he's 19 months now)...going to bed at 8 and waking up at 4 a.m. We found that even though he seemed wide awake and ready for the day at 4 o'clock, when we took him downstairs to play he behaved very cranky and clingy. I figured he was still tired, so after about a week of us waking up early with him and then trying to comfort him all morning, plus deal with his tantrums (he usually doesn't freak out when he's rested), I decided - ENOUGH!<br><br>
What I did was, when he woke up at 4 a.m., I'd put him back into a lying-down position and hug him. He wouldn't try to get up, but he'd cry. At first he cried for a long, loud time (maybe 15 minutes) but I'd pat him, hug him, and gently tell him to go back to sleep. After a few mornings of doing that, he eventually would just go back to sleep right away as soon as I laid him back down. After maybe a month or two of doing this, he just started sleeping straight for 10 hours without waking up, and takes a 1.5-2 hour nap in the afternoon.<br><br>
If he had struggled to get up and run around (we co-sleep, with only mattresses on the floor) I had decided that I would just let him do his thing, but I'd stay down and get my rest. I figured that if he didn't get any attention he would get bored of playing by himself and just lie down with me. We have a child-proof thing on the inside of the bedroom door knob, so that he can't get open the door. This never happened, but that's what I had decided I would do if it did.<br><br>
So, I guess what my bottom line is, is this: If your child seems like they are wide awake and not tired at all, they are probably okay. But if they show signs of being tired (e.g. rubbing face, yawning, crankiness, irritable, more tantrum-throwing than usual, more clingy), then they are probably in need of more sleep. If they're acting tired, you can either:<br><br>
a) Do something about it<br>
b) Just let them keep waking up and wait until they change their sleep patterns on their own<br><br>
You might not agree with what I did, but hey, I felt like it was the best thing for my tired babe.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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Try putting the bedtime much earlier, lights out by 6:30 ro 7pm. Do it consistently for a while and see if it makes a difference.
 

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My 19 mos old does this a cople times a week. Wakes ready to play. I put the gate up so I an lie there and half watch and listen but he can't get out of the room. I am in htere but I don't have to get up and chase him around the apartment. He is sometimes up for 2 hours...than he goes back to sleep. Ususally just in time for DD to wake up<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 
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