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    Default How to stop youngest waking the whole house in early hours

    Looking for advice/tips from those with more than 1 child.
    Myself, DH and kids are all 'morning people' so I"m not expecting my kids to sleep past 6-6:30am....but anything past 5ish would be great!

    DS is 13 months. Currently in bed by 6:30pm with 2 days sleeps of about 1-1.5 hrs each.

    I did cc with him at 8ish months to get him to sleep 'through' so when he wakes now he whinges when putting himself back to sleep. I'm fine with that and it never takes more than a few minutes.
    My issue is when he wakes anytime from 4am, 4yo DD gets woken up.
    I know I've done the wrong thing by going in at 5ish if he wakes and giving him a bottle quickly. He'll then usually go back to sleep again till 6am.
    I dont mind letting him cry to learn that he can't start his day at that time but just wondering how you all got through it?
    I'd prefer not to have poor DD woken then tantrumming her way through the day due to lack of sleep but thats the only way I can think to teach him?

    Looking forward to your suggestions!

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    Take bub for a walk in the pram. Of he goes to sleep then that's great. If not he can't wake up your 4yo.

    Either way you get exercise.

    wifey of hubby who is always away. mother of two girls who are always amusing.

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    Both mine have gone through periods of early waking. With DS2 (10 months), I have recently night-weaned. He sleeps great at night now, but does wake around 4am. I give him a feed and bring him into bed with me to get another couple of hours sleep. If you don't want the whole house woken I would just give a bottle if that gets him back to sleep quickly, he will eventually grow out of needing it. You could also consider dropping to 1 day sleep or put to bed a little later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose&Aurelia View Post
    Take bub for a walk in the pram. Of he goes to sleep then that's great. If not he can't wake up your 4yo.

    Either way you get exercise.

    wifey of hubby who is always away. mother of two girls who are always amusing.
    ^ This is what I used to do with DS1 when he would wake at 4/4.30am and not go back to sleep. He eventaully grew out of the really early waking at around 1.5 - 2years.

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    I think that's too early for bed if they're having 2 naps. I would try a later bed time, or try and transition to 1 day sleep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    I think that's too early for bed if they're having 2 naps. I would try a later bed time, or try and transition to 1 day sleep.
    I agree with this....
    However I had an early riser no matter what time she went to bed so I did what the other posters have said and we went for an early morning walk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozeymumof5 View Post
    I agree with this....
    However I had an early riser no matter what time she went to bed so I did what the other posters have said and we went for an early morning walk.
    Thanks all

    I've tried a later bedtime with both kids.
    DD (4yo) if not woken by DS wakes by 6:30am every morning whether she goes to bed at 6:30pm or 9pm.

    DS - i'm finding impossible to transition to 1 sleep as he is sooo tired from waking early. If he had his way he'd be in bed at 5:30pm (which I've done and he still wakes at 4-5ish....when I've kept him up till 8pm he still wakes at 4-5ish).
    I've tried a dream feed but he either doesn't wake OR wakes and thinks its party time.

    The going for a walk could be an option except (apart from preferring to have more sleep myself) I'm currently dealing with a uterine prolapse and any exercise bar essential slow walking to shops/childcare/train station for work etc causes all sorts of pain and issues.
    DH knows I'm over everything at the moment so has just called to say I should take DD away for a few nights over the weekend and leave him to deal with DS - hoping that will break the worst of it.

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    That was going to be my suggestion, maybe get your older child to have a little holiday with grandparents (or you ) and deal with the younger one

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    I would take your dh up on his offer.

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    4 - 5am is the coldest part of the night so maybe just try an extra layer on the bed and see how he goes?

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