my baby wakes at 5am everyday. has anyone got any advice on getting her to sleep longer? i have made her bedtime later and she still gets up at 5


Elfrieda - posted on 06/27/2012




I don't know if putting her to bed later is the answer. The less sleep he gets, the less my son sleeps. It's a vicious cycle. When I had a problem with him always waking up at 3:30 for food (not quite the same situation, since he would go back to sleep again afterwards, but still very disruptive to my sleeping happiness) I put him to bed at 7, then at 10:30 before I went to bed I would sneak up and tickle his mouth with a bottle. He woke up enough to drink it, then went back to sleep without ever really truly being awake. And now he was full enough to sleep until 7 the next morning. Hurray! It's worth a try, if the problem is that she's hungry.


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User - posted on 07/01/2012




i have put her to bed earlier (6)and she gets up at half 5 now. sometimes i give her a bit of milk and she does go off but days like today she literally is wide awake and ready to go. she is nearly one so im guessing she is just an early riser :(

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 06/27/2012




Or, Naomi, your baby could be an early riser. Mine both were, (I'm not...)and I simply had to adjust.

By all means, try a quick feed if its the hungry cry, or a paci if its the tired cry, but if it's the "momma, i'm awake and ready" indicators, well, she's an early riser, and you'll be better if you adjust your sleep schedule.

Babies are fun. EXHAUSTING but fun. I couldn't wait for the age when they got up on their own, and big brother would fix cereal for little brother on Saturdays. That being said, now that they're teens, I wish I could have the cute cuddly ones back...LOL...

Welcome to motherhood, my dear! It's a crazy rollercoaster of everything imaginable and more. Good luck with your little one

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Does she actually need to eat at that time? My son has a tired cry a couple days ago he woke up at 5:30 (this was after weeks of him getting up at 7) but it was his tired cry not a hungry one so I went in gave him his pacifier and we went back to sleep after a bit. He did continue with is fussing but I could tell nothing was wrong so I let him go and fell back asleep, he did too by the way.

He had been getting up at 5:30 for about a week at that point and falling asleep for the night at 10 or later so I was super tired at this point. If she does need to eat the feed her I'm not saying to ignore your child if they need something but it's possible that she just needs a little encouragement to go back to sleep.

Christina - posted on 06/27/2012




Hi Naomi! Ahhh the joys of infancy lol. If you haven't already tried this or are already doing this, maybe you could make her last feeding (bottle/nursing + some rice ceral if it's ok w/Dr.) about 30 minutes or so before she goes to sleep. That might tie her over, but that is if she is waking up hungry at 5am. If not, well that might just be her sleep cycle, especially if it doesn't matter what time you put her to bed at night and she's still waking up at the same time. I'd be hesitant in changing her bedtime (to a later than normal time) if it doesn't change her wake up time.....tired baby = cranky baby lol. I almost forgot about how early or often they could wake when I had my second child. With 14 yrs inbetween it was definately a shock to be sleep deprived! My youngest didn't sleep through the night until he was 1 years old! No lie!!! He woke up at least twice, ravenous! 6 years later he may sleep through the night, but he's still always hungry! LOL....boys....idk. Her sleep cycle will change as she gets older so don't be too concerned; it's just an exhausting experience while its lasting, I know. Take care and good luck! Christina

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