My 18 month old keeps waking up at 5!!!

Dayanne - posted on 09/20/2015 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My 18 month keeps waking up at 5am I've seriously tried everything to get her to sleep in until at least 6am, but nothing has worked. I just recently moved her to 1 nap, but with her 5am wake ups I don't know what time to start her morning nap. My other question is what time should her bedtime be? I've tried the early bedtime at 6:30pm and just yesterday she decided to wake up at 3:30am and would not go back to sleep. So unfortunately I had to give her 2 naps that day. Her typical schedule is:
Wake 5:15-5:30
1st Nap 10:45-11 to 1:00pm
Bedtime 6:30pm

I've tried not to stretch her past 5 hrs, but 6:30pm seems like a super early bedtime. Can someone please help me figure out her schedule?? Thank you!!

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Cayla - posted on 09/23/2015

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I never said anybody is a bad parent for not giving sweets. That's ridiculous. But then again, I couldn't expect you to understand because you do not have the type of children I have. Yes my kids love sweets but do they get them? NOPE. It is a rare occasion and that's it. Every once in a blue moon i'll reward my son with candy for being good because any toys we buy him he either breaks them or uses them to hurt others... but then again.. I cant expect you to understand these things because your children are not like mine and they come from 2 totally different backgrounds.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 09/23/2015

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Like I said, you raise your kids any way you want to. Sweets, candy, sugar...NOT necessary. Halloween? LMAO...my kids would go trick-or-treat, eat maybe ONE PIECE of candy (by their OWN choice), hand the rest to me and it would go to work for the candy dish.
When offered sweets as young children, they didn't like them. Not because they weren't allowed, but because THEY DIDN'T LIKE SWEETS. So don't tell me that, by not giving sweets one is a poor parent...Good grief!

Cayla - posted on 09/23/2015

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its a quick fix that worked me. I have 4 kids. I only had to try that trick one time and it helped us out but I used a peanut butter and jelly sandwich instead. When my baby would stay awake all night she kept everyone else in the house awake as well and my older kids have school. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Different strokes for different folks. Call it crap parenting if you want to but it worked and no harm done. And just to let curious minds know, all of my kids eat healthy, no soda and mostly water. Veggies and fruit are a BIG must have in our house. ;)

Dove - posted on 09/23/2015

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Still doesn't make it good advice, Cayla... Banking on a sugar crash (which not all kids will have) in order to get a little bit of sleep... is crap parenting.... and overtired kids (aka kids that are forced to not nap when they still need a nap) will typically sleep WORSE... not better.

Cayla - posted on 09/23/2015

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lmao.. I told her to do that for one night only, and I would hope that everyone brushes their kids teeth. I would also hope that at least when Halloween comes you don't keep your kids from having fun and eating some candy. I don't think one night of a sweet treat would cause all of that. Lets be realistic. ;)

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 09/23/2015

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possible juvenile diabetes, tooth decay, loss of appetite (only wanting sweets), obesity and related problems...would you like to know more?
Over sugaring your kids is NEVER a good thing to do. But, hey, you do what you want. Mine are grown, and I don't have to deal with problems that other parents may induce by introducing extremely sugary, sweet crap as a way to keep your kid awake

Cayla - posted on 09/23/2015

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I would love to know what other worse problems down the line that will cause. Im all ears...

Dayanne - posted on 09/23/2015

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Thank you I appreciate the advice and I think you're totally right I might have an early riser in my hands. I've tried putting her to bed late and she still wakes up between 5:30-5:40 am the latest. I even tried putting her to bed at 8pm for 3 weeks straight and still no later wake :-(

I'm just worry with the whole time changing that will happen in a month. That means my kid will be up at 4:30am.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 09/22/2015

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Ok, well, you put the child to bed at 6:30 PM!!! Generally, young children are early wakers, and if you want them to sleep longer, you put them to bed later, not earlier.

However, you may have a morning person on your hands. My eldest, no matter what, always woke between 5 & 6. No amount of sleep training could change that...so I had to learn to get out of bed earlier. That's what being a parent is, after all. You may need to adjust YOUR sleeping schedule a bit.

For goodness sake, DO NOT introduce sweets, or sugary substances in an effort to get the child to 'stay awake'...That only creates other, worse problems down the line.

Cayla - posted on 09/22/2015

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Your lucky, our daughter is 1 and because she was born a heroin addict she stays up all night until the sun comes up and then I have to be up at 8am. So what we started doing was don't let her have a nap for one whole day (be ready for the cranky, crying etc).. then when you normally lay her down at 6pm, give her a snack instead, something that will wake her up, cereal, ice cream, hell even a candy bar. That should keep her up for another hour or two. Then she will crash and burn into sweet sleepy bliss and you will get your rest in. For the next couple of days (without the late night snacks) I would suggest laying her down a couple hours later than usual again and if you lay her for a nap, only let her nap for 30 minutes tops. She will eventually start to sleep later.

Dayanne - posted on 09/20/2015

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Thank you for the advice. I will defiantly put her down 15 later for bed tonight. I'm praying for a later wake up! I've haven't had much luck even with later bedtimes because she still wakes up between 5:15-5:30, but I will give it a try again.

Dove - posted on 09/20/2015

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Sounds like it works for her. Have you tried gradually moving her bedtime later to see if she sleeps in later? She's getting about 13 hours of sleep per day which is about right for her age.

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