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    Default Early waking

    Keen for any thoughts and ideas on managing early waking.

    DD is 17 months and about a month ago started sleeping through the night (woohoo) but she has been getting up earlier and earlier. This week it’s been between 430-5.

    I’ve put blockout blinds up, the room is a fine temp, there is no obvious noise. I thought she might be waking hungry so last night I snuck in about 330 (I was up) and put a bottle in her hands. This didn’t help.

    Our current routine is:

    430-5:wake up
    630 breakfast
    9: nap 20-30 minutes (I think this needs to go)
    11: lunch
    12 -2 nap
    5: dinner
    630-7: bed

    She still has 4-5 bottles a day but is eating solids pretty well.

    Any ideas? Leaving her in bed just results in hysterical crying. I have no idea how to eliminate the early nap when she’s up so early and absolutely feral by 830!

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    Default Early waking

    I think 2 naps is too much for that age. I know she’s prem but I would try that first.

    When mine transitioned I’d try and keep them up 10 mins later every day until they napped at about 12/12:30.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    I think 2 naps is too much for that age. I know she’s prem but I would try that first.

    When mine transitioned I’d try and keep them up 10 mins later every day until they napped at about 12/12:30.
    So try pushing to morning nap back by 10 minutes or just drop it and bring lunch nap forward initially?

    Yeah the prem thing is tricky they say sleep should be based on corrected age but that’s only 15 months and she certainly doesn’t need that much sleep. Although I feel like I do!

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    Mine always needed to be dressed warmer when they woke at that time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mum-I-Am View Post
    So try pushing to morning nap back by 10 minutes or just drop it and bring lunch nap forward initially?

    Yeah the prem thing is tricky they say sleep should be based on corrected age but that’s only 15 months and she certainly doesn’t need that much sleep. Although I feel like I do!
    Yeh all mine were about 12 months once they were on one sleep and it was so much better.

    I would just try and push her back as far as possible then just gradually change the time every day until she can make it to the time you want her to sleep.

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    Mine would go for a nap around 11.30/12 and sleep around 2/3 hrs, just the one nap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bezzy View Post
    Mine always needed to be dressed warmer when they woke at that time.
    I thought that but it was 22in her room this morning and she had a binds zippy and 1 tog bag on.

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    I agree that feels like a lot of napping. I'd work on cutting down. Maybe make morning nap longer and cut out the afternoon nap if she's too grumpy early on? Good luck. We lived with 5.30 wake-ups for years with my first. She only now, aged 7 will stay in bed until 6.30 in the morning - and that's because she can tell time!

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    That was the age my kids transitioned to 1 nap a day. They both transitioned by having 1 decent nap at 10am and early bedtime.
    This gradually became later and later until it became 11.30/12pm.
    DS has just turned 2 and he still occasionally needs to be put down for his nap at 11am.
    DD was such a chronic early waker we got her a grow clock at the age of 2.5 and said she couldn’t come out until it changed colour. We left books out for her to read, bottle of water and a potty so we knew she didn’t need anything.
    Also sticker chart worked really well for DD when she stayed in her room until wake up time, but your DD might be a little young for that yet.
    She’s 4 now and pretty much always sleeps until 6am which is acceptable wake up time in our house.
    Those 5am wake ups make for a loooong morning!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BornToBe View Post
    I agree that feels like a lot of napping. I'd work on cutting down. Maybe make morning nap longer and cut out the afternoon nap if she's too grumpy early on? Good luck. We lived with 5.30 wake-ups for years with my first. She only now, aged 7 will stay in bed until 6.30 in the morning - and that's because she can tell time!
    Yeh I found when mine transitioned they dropped the afternoon nap and then I had to push the time back each day. I remember them being really tired by bed time.

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