Emma - posted on 12/08/2012 ( 7 moms have responded )
Hi lovely mommies out there,
I would appreciate your thoughts and advice on this.
My 14 month old has always been an early riser but lately it's just been getting steadily earlier and earlier. He's now regularly waking (FOR THE DAY) at 4:45am. Often he has pooped too and changing his diaper after a poop is so stimulating that it's almost impossible to get him to go back to sleep after that. Even when he hasn't pooped we've had trouble getting him to go back to sleep. He will just cry and cry and cry. (We have successfully sleep trained him and he now naps and goes to sleep very well by himself - we did this at 6 months but we have always had this issue of him waking up too early). PLEASE NOTE: I do not need opinions on whether or not you agree with sleep training. If you don't agree then please simply do not comment on my post.
Back to the issue:
He has two naps a day. The first one is around 8:30-9am and he'll sleep for 1.5 hrs, sometimes 2. Then the second one is around 2-2:30pm and he sleeps for another 1.5-2 hours. His bed time is around 7-7:30pm. So during the day he usually gets 3-4 hours of sleep in naps and during the night usually 9.5 hours.
I'm wondering if this waking earlier and earlier may be a sign that he's getting enough sleep with his day time and night time sleep and now could do with switching to one nap a day.
Specifically I would appreciate advice from other moms whose children have always woken up early and what they do to cope.
And from moms who are or who have made the switch from two naps to one.
Thanks very much