My baby wants the day to start at 5AM!!!!!

Olivia - posted on 01/07/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My 8 month old wants to wake up for the day at 5AM!!!!! My husband gets up at 5:45, and leaves for work at 6:30. It would be so nice if she would give us a little time in the morning to get ready for the day, and for me to have a little "me time" before my day with 2 under 3 yrs old. I would love to get dressed, teeth brushed, and makeup would be a miracle most days. I feel like I start the day behind, and it sets the wrong tone for the day. I am a firm believer in letting them cry, if all needs have been met, but by 5am, I am worried that she needs a diaper...which she normally does, and is hungry. If I go in there to see if she has a diaper that needs "immediate attention", then it's all over. She gets that huge smile...you know the one with the whole body, and how can you walk out on that???!!! Any ideas???

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Olivia - posted on 01/08/2009

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Thank you! I guess I should have posted on the other section for littler ones :) This will help. We try to keep her up until 8, but some nights, she will fall asleep sitting up, or be so unhappy from 7 on, we end up giving in and putting her down between 7 and 8. Thank you for all your encouragement. Last night, I let her cry, did not feed her. I patted her back for quite some time, and she did fall asleep without a bottle yeah! This morning she woke happy around 6am. I showered dressed and even did makeup before getting her up at 6:30. I feel great today. Hopefully if I stick with it faithfully for a week, we will accomplish our mission!

Louise - posted on 01/08/2009

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The first idea is to put 8 month old to bed later. I found that anything I tried had to be consistant for at least 2 weeks before a change happened. Children work better with consistancy and routines. If she is still waking up at 5am can you not go in and change the nappy if required and give her a morning bottle whilst still in the cot and then that leaves you to prepare calmly for the day ahead?!

Hilaree - posted on 01/08/2009

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what time do you put her to sleep..you can try to put to bed later than normal..does she take a late afternoon nap? if so try reducing that nap time down..i know its 5am but if there is any light coming in the room mayb try to eliminate it..i have been very lucky with my 2 lil ones.. i am a latenight person..so i put to bed between 9-9:30.. i gave a full bottle of milk right before bed. they get up between 8-9am...breakfast right when they got up, 10:30 snack ,noon lunch &first nap. usually slept 2-3 hours and short nap from 5-6 no later than 6:30 if still sleeping i woke them up. kids are now 3 and 16 months and sleep great!! my 3 year old doesnt nap anymore and boy does she need to!! she will lay down but she doesnt sleep. one thing i also did with my younger child due to he was waking up early, was @ 2am i would get up and make a bottle and go in and give it to him while asleep.BUT DONT PICK THEM UP. he was a pig so he sucked it down in no time, while drinkin i would prop bottle only so i could change diaper..the faster you do it thr better.. when it was gone i took bottle gave him pacifier..worked great for that early hunger i think..as he got to his one year old mark i stopped doing the 2am feeding and he has slept through the nite since. 8:30pm-9am it is wonderful..same with my daughter..she is in bed usually at 9 but no later than 9:30 and they both are asleep within minutes..my son does have a very full diaper in morning but it has never leaked and havent had any rashes.. good luck ..i hope my routine can help

Tasha - posted on 01/07/2009

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My daughters have also gone through this- I hope it passes for you! If she is willing, let her play/sit in the bathroom with you while you finish getting ready for the day. I make my 3 yr old take a "rest" (sleep or just relax quitely on her own) for 30-45 min every day while her little sister is napping- this gives me some me time- I tell her it's my break and she knows that after that tiem she gets my full attention until her sister wakes up. Unfortunately, besides moving bedtime later (not a choice in my home) you will probably have to adjust until she adjusts.

Sara - posted on 01/07/2009

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Sorry I don't have a lot of suggestions because my 2 year old gets up between 5 and 5:30 everyday as well. He is big enough we can give him a sippy of milk and turn on some Noggin and he will sit and watch it for a while while we get ready.

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