what to do when your 16 month old keeps waking up at 5 am?

Lynn - posted on 07/22/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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my 16 month old is a huge sleeper/good napper. lately she has been waking early (5am) for one week straight and i am not sure if it is just a phase or i need to be more proactive. i need the sleep! could it be her 2 yr molars hurting?? she is healthy and not sick, so any guesses? I am ready to sleep until 7 like normal.

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Joanne - posted on 07/25/2009

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HI ive read all the other comments and no one has mentioned she may be waking because she is getting hungry alot of children around that age are very active in the day but alot of parents dont increase there food portions or change the time they eat the last meal at night my son did the same recently i added a snack around 3.30 and changed his evening meal to 5.30 as it was 5pm before and it has worked a treat he sleeps from 7-8.30 on a bad day on a good day he isnt up before 9. If you think it may be her teeth you may be right but you know how she had been when she has teethed in the past. I also sware by a blackout blind as the changes in seasons shouldnt affect childrens sleep patterns!

good luck hope this helps

Emma - posted on 07/22/2009

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My daughter is 14 months and does the exact same thing! I have a strict routine she has a nap at 1:30 and usually wakes at 2:30 ish. Then at bedtime it's bath, bottle, bed for 7pm.....but every morning she wakes at 5 on the dot. I think it's the lighter mornings, but hey look on the bright side it's amazing how much you can get done in the wee hours. Oh and I also use a Blackout blind but it doesn't work that well some light still gets in and she can hear the birds singing....lol oh well roll on the autumn and the dark nights!?

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Amie - posted on 07/23/2009

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I would possibly begin putting her to bed 15 to 30 minutes later, depending upon what time she is going to bed at night. Keeping her up too late is not a good idea, but if bedtime is pretty early I would try that. Also you could try shortening her later afternoon nap so she is more tired at night.

She could also be teething and that could just be a phase that is interrupting her sleep patterns.

Hope this helps!

Cathralynn - posted on 07/23/2009

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I say make sure she has an earlier bedtime, before 8 at least. Early to bed = longer sleep. And routines all that stuff that others said. My daughter sleeps from 8-6 at least but if for whatever reason she gets up early, I put soft toys and books in her crib and I never get her before 6 in the morning. She needs to entertain herself, normally she would go back to sleep after playing for a lil bit. And now she doesn't wake anymore, however my daughter is 14mo so maybe I'm in for a change!

Charity - posted on 07/23/2009

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It could be a phase...my daughter will be 16 months in a few days and she has done the same thing but she had a week where she slept from 9-9 then she slept from 8-6 and now its been 8:30-7:30...the fact that it gets light out so early I think has something to do with it. I put her in bed at the same time (8:00) everynight but some nights she'll "play" in her crib until later so I think they are just changing their own schedules a bit. Have you tried moving her bedtime back a little bit?

Sara - posted on 07/22/2009

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It could be the teething. My son is 19 months old and he recently did that for about two weeks and it was his molars coming in. I knew it was the teeth though because I saw a difference in his eating. Good luck!

Letha - posted on 07/22/2009

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Consider her naps, I personally put my two younger boys down around 1pm let them sleep til 2:30pm, start a routine if you haven't done so already, bedtime at the same time everynight, breakfast lunch and dinner at the same time unless there are circumstances beyound your control. My 2 yr old has been sleeping through the night since he was 6 months old. Milk is a good seditive and natural filler, most kids wake when they are hungry as well, a well balanced filling meal might help as well, also a nice warm bath before bed will help soothe. if all else fails get up with her and when she naps, nap at the same time.

Bonita - posted on 07/22/2009

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Learn to get up and get some things done, then nap later. She'll probably grow out of it. My son was a 5:30 am baby for a LONG time...he said since the sun was up, we should be up, too. :-) He's now 14, and sleeps like any other 14-year old boy would!

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