Anyone else struggling with early morning preschoolers and a baby?

Heather - posted on 08/28/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I have an almost 4 year old and an almost 1 year old. Unfortunately, the wee-ist of the two has always been a problematic sleeper. She's had some food sensitivities, which we've been working on, and now she's cutting teeth in a bad way. I sleep with both of them, and after being up every 1-2 hours with the baby, 6am (when my preschooler sometimes wakes) comes pretty early and feels pretty harsh. The eldest will now just quietly leave the room to go out into the house and find something to play with, but I just don't feel right about leaving her too long.

What age do you think is an ok age for kids to get up and hang out on their own for a while? Anyone else dealing with this?

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Merry - posted on 09/04/2010

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Idk, my only is one year old so I haven't been there, but at 4 my neighbors daughter was allowed to play outside alone as long as she was in sight of the window, so I bet your daughter is fine! You could do some kind of barricade, with gates if there's a problem area you worry about. But I don't think it's bad to let her wake without you. Oh you could put a baby monitor in the living room or whatever room she goes into so you can hear anything loud she does, in case of emergency and such. But really I bet she will wake you when she needs something or gets bored. So enjoy your sleep!

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Tameka - posted on 09/26/2010

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I feel your pain!!!! I really do!! My youngest just turned 9 months and is the world's worst sleeper. If I get 2 hours a sleep a night I am doing very well. I just recently found out she has a dairy intolerance and she takes two months to cut each tooth (argh!!!). So, yep, I know exactly where you're coming from!! My eldest (4 years) won't let me sleep. The other day I finally got my baby to sleep at 5:15am and my eldest woke up at 6:15am. It took her 25 mins to drag me out of bed and even then I turned on the tv for her and crashed on the couch again. Yes, yes, naughty me but I HAD to sleep!!

I generally tell my eldest that I need to sleep but she can play in my room (away from the sleeping baby). I get her a heap of toys and she has a fantastic time while get a much needed rest. I'm usually that tired that it doesn't matter how much noise or poking and prodding I never wake up. I always wake when I hear my baby through a baby monitor though...

I suppose it depends on how much you can put up with if you're prepared to have her in the same room as you while you sleep.

Susan - posted on 09/07/2010

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Does she have her own room? or a room that is TOTALLY child proof? I have a friend that puts a gate in that room so the child can play mommy doesnt worry and gets some sleep good luck!

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