Early wake time for an 8-month-old

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I don’t have much advice since I’m in the same boat so I totally feel you pain.

My 13 m/o DD is in bed by 7:30 and wakes up nearly every morning by 5:30 AM. Sometimes I give her a bottle and she goes back to sleep for another 1-2 hr but that is maybe once a week. She however is chipper and raring to go when she wakes but is a grumpy monster by 6:00 PM. The last couple of hours of the day are the hardest.

Not sure if you are immediately taking him out of his sleep environment so this may be redundant but will your DS maybe fall asleep if you quietly nurse or treat it like a nightime feeding?

Good luck!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@annifer:  I was going to mention that it my post too. We pick DD up after work at 5:30 PM and are home at around 6 so those precious hours are filled with feeding and bathing a cranky baby. Oh the joys of being a working mom 🙁

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

What do nap times look like? Also in this particular case, I do not think an earlier bedtime would help.  A slightly later one actually might, after around 6 months old, the earlier to bed, sleep later thing doesn’t always hold true.

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@annifer:  One of the kids I used to nanny for would wake up at 4:30 like clockwork, but would go back to sleep when Mom brought her into her bed in the morning.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I would like to hear more about daily schedule. How many naps, how long, any nighttime wake-ups?

Any chance he’s teething? 

I do think an earlier bedtime might be part of your answer, but there might be other things to try as well.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@Schatzie821:  Hm, well, I agree earlier bedtime doesn’t work for all babes, it helped solve some of our sleep issues at 10 months, so I wouldn’t rule it out.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Does he sleep on his tummy?  Mine started sleeping SOOO much better once he slept on his stomach. 

Also, how does he get to sleep?  Is he falling asleep on his own or do you rock/nurse/bottle feed to sleep?  If he can’t fall asleep on his own, he might just be waking at his normal cycle switch and then can’t get back to sleep. 

Does he have anything in his crib to look at or play with?  A not too soft toy or a lovie might be good for him.

The naps aren’t very long for his age either, sounds like he could use a little more in that department.  So if he wakes up after 2nd nap at 2:30, he’s up almost 5 hours before bed, that can be a lot for a little guy.  Have you thought of trying the 2-3-4 method? (2 hours after wakeup for 1st nap, 3 hours after 1st nap for 2nd, and 4 hours after 2nd for bed).

Lastly, how is his eating?  Is it possible his tummy is either bothering him or not full enough for the whole night? (I’m assuming he has at least some solid foods, correct me if wrong).

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@Jess1483:  Totally agree with you!  All babies are different, that’s the pita thing and the best thing about them lol.  I just would hate for this poor little one to wind up in bed at 6:30 and wake up at 3am.  It might be right for him, but I have a feeling longer naps might help more 🙂 *crosses fingers*

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@Schatzie821:  Haha, true story. I’m hoping my next babe is different in the sleep category, because HOLY COW!

Usually the only times we get early wake-ups (don’t be jealous, we have a LOT of issues), is if little one is teething or otherwise ill.

I agree with trying 2-3-4. That’s what we did around this age, and it worked well.

What space is there between the first nap (usually) and the second nap? If that’s not long enough, that could be contributing to the short second nap, which is keeping him up too long before bedtime…

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

i don’t have kids yet, so i can only speak to what my mom did for me. 

my mom was not a morning person and was a SAHM.  she wanted to sleep in.  from the time i was born, she kept me up through johnny carson, then put me to bed. 

she said it worked for her because i would sleep later into the morning. 

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