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    I would like DD (15 weeks) to start going to bed a bit earlier at nights. She is child number 3 and DP and I could do with a bit of quiet time before we retire. At the moment she goes down about 9pm and sleeps until 9am. Is it as simple as waking her earlier so she is ready for bed approx 12 hours later? We've tried putting her to bed around 8pm but she wakes after one sleep cycle and it is a real struggle to resettle her.

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    Seems like 9pm is the perfect bed time for her currently if she is waking after. Some days i wish i could put kiddo to bed earlier but i cant as it breaks his sleep cycle too. She might change as she gets older though. She is still very very young.

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    Have you got a bed time routine for her? When DS was that age, we did bath, bottle & bed and just brought it forward 10/15 minutes every couple of days until he was sleeping earlier.

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    sadly I found that waking my DD up earlier certainly did not mean she went to bed earlier. Just resulted in a cranky and over tired child who then didnt settle well at all.

    At 15 weeks if you are getting 12 hrs, I wouldnt be playing around with it.

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    I definitely wouldn't be playing with her bed time if she's sleeping 12 hrs straight cause sooner o r later her sleep patterns will change for do many reasons and you'll wish you didn't tamper with anything

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    I should clarify that she wakes twice for feeds during those 12 hours. I will have to start waking her next week when DS1 is back at school so I guess we will see what happens. I'm happy for her to start her days earlier if she is going to bed earlier.

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    My dd didn't either, we picked swimming classes etc specifically early so we could try and get an earlier bed but it resulted in miss grumpy bum

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    Id also recommend the 10/15 minutes earlier each night for 2 days at a time and also wake that same amount if time the next morning.

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