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We have been very diligent about sticking to a bedtime routine for DD (6 months) and it has worked wonders for us. (I don't want to imply that she is sleeping all night long, it's just helped us with a particular sleep issue that we had.) We start the routine at 6:30 and she is usually asleep by 7:00. The thing is, I would like for her bedtime to be closer to 8:00, especially now that the weather is nicer and we have more evening light. We live in a community that has a lot going on in the evenings, and great places to walk, and I'm starting to miss some of our regular seasonal outings b/c of DD's bedtime. And there's the issue of her waking up way too early in the morning. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Now, I am a firm believer in following the baby's schedule and not the other way around. But I'm wondering if there's some way I can start to gradually push back her bedtime. Any thoughts? I'm just afraid to mess up a good thing and don't know if this is even worth trying.
 

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No answers, but I'm curious about the replies as well. My baby is asleep by 7 at night, too, and it does limit my evening activities. But, every time I've tried to push it back any, he gets up earlier in the morning. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: And, let me just say, I don't like getting up at 4:45 in the morning (our normal wake time is a rational 6 am).
 

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If you don't do any routine, and she falls asleep on her own cues, then when will she sleep?<br><br>
For example, if you're out of the house at that time, what does she do? Perhaps you'll find without coaxing her to sleep she stays up a little later anyway. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
If not, then you could just gradually move her bedtime back.
 

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I am on my second baby - the first woke up when it got light during the summer, regardless of bedtime. The second is a better sleeper adn wakes predictibly at 5:00 and then is up for the day a 7:00. Both kid's rooms are completely dark (blackout shades). Something in babies I think senses dawn or something.<br><br>
Anyhow, I'd go ahead and move the bedtime routine and bedtime up. Worse case senario is baby will keep waking up at the same time. At least you'll be able to take advantage of the evening light.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I did this with DS to push back his waking time so I could sleep in past 4am.<br><br>
All we did was start his routine 5-10minutes later every night for a couple weeks.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">If you don't do any routine, and she falls asleep on her own cues, then when will she sleep?<br><br>
For example, if you're out of the house at that time, what does she do? Perhaps you'll find without coaxing her to sleep she stays up a little later anyway. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
If not, then you could just gradually move her bedtime back.</div>
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I don't know if she is just easily stimulated or what, but ever since 3 mos, she won't sleep anywhere but home, and sometimes the car. I guess I could use this to my advantage and just go out when I want in the evenings, but I'm afraid it will result in an overly-tired babe and that's not fun at all!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">If you don't do any routine, and she falls asleep on her own cues, then when will she sleep?<br><br>
For example, if you're out of the house at that time, what does she do? .</div>
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Mine cries as soon as the clock hits 7, and if it gets dark, then his cries turn into screams.<br><br>
I have literally not been outside my house (except the porch) after 6 pm since a really bad Halloween night. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 

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We are also adjusting to a later bedtime. I'm just following dd's signals.<br><br>
The later bedtime has helped with daytime naps but she still gets up at the same time in the morning...which is okay with me because I'd rather she napped longer in the afternoon.
 
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