My daughter is 2 and we never get up before 7:30am, until she was 15months we were never up before 8:30, it completely depends on your lifestyle and what is "acceptable" for your life/house
My son has always been an early riser and no amount of sleep training or environmental changes made a difference for us. Tried everything. I think some kids just need less sleep. Its horrible at 5 am and i feel your pain. I don't think its about what's acceptable in a household, its just what sleep kids need and it can go in stages. Sometimes Toby sleeps a bit later, after 6am! Other times not.
I now try to think positively about it and just try to enjoy the quiet time alone with him.
Good luck with anything you try!
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We have never done bed before 8:30 to 10pm though as we are night time people
Agree that some kids are early risers, if DS sleeps till 6am I'm over the moon. I remember 10 months was a particularly awful time and he would often start his day at 4am, or sometimes earlier. I think that 3.30/4am is the toughest time of the day, you just want more than anything to crawl back into bed. He just grew out of it himself and on our recent holiday was able to be easily resettled by DH till 6.45 a few mornings, OMG that was heaven!!
I'm used to 5am wakeups now and go to bed at 9pm to make up for it. Agree with Elle&Sam to try blackout curtains, etc. We have actually put boards over DS's windows and thumbtacked the edges of the curtains to the wall - seems extreme but in summer the tiniest chink of light would wake him up.
If your bub isn't a big eater (mine isn't either), focus on protein and carbs to fill him up. Maybe just try a few other things - is the meat chewy or stringy? Would he eat more with a bit of mayonnaise or tomato sauce or even yoghurt on the food? How about other types of food like lentils or tofu? DS ate tofu and noodles for dinner last night (avoided all the vegies), and slept like a champ for 11 hours straight.
Just to give you an update on our wee boy's progress.
We kept up the extra feeding and he's been super the past few days
Yesterday he slept through to 6:30 and today 6:50! He's also sleeping better during the day too.
He's also eating better after we tweaked a few things at meal times (different post).
Im guessing he's either getting closer to his "ideal" weight, or the extra solids is helping... perhaps a combination of both.
So (touching wood) he's sleeping better and eating better... We cant be happier.
Thanks to all the positive feedback and advice... extremely valuable!
Woohoo! That's fantastic = )
Good onya big jilm! Fingers crossed the later sleeps continue!
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