(Closed) DS wakes up at 4 am – help me push his wake up time back

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
870 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

The only way to get my son to sleep later was to take away a nap and force him to stay awake until an hour or so later than usual. I would also try a warm bath right before bed or adding a little cereal to the last bottle. It will keep him full longer so maybe he will sleep longer. I also suggest giving him a little teething gel if you feel his gums swollen or notice them inflamed. That might be what’s waking him up. Ihope some of this helped!

Post # 4
457 posts
Helper bee

I’m not sure how old your son is. However, my neice is now 9 months. At the 4-5 month mark she did this as well.  Once she hit the 6/7 month mark she started to sleep later to about 6:30/7. I am not sure if it just comes with age or something they grow into. I know my sister read the Healthy Sleep Habits book which I am starting now. 

Post # 5
6830 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

It all depends on the age of your son.  My son is almost 4 months old. We don’t have a routine yet.  Though he is pretty regular on when getting up. He tends to wake up between 4 and 5 am, it sucks but a child that age for the most part will only sleep 4-6 hours at a time until they are hungry.  Their tummys are small so yeah they are going to get up at that time. 

Once a child gets older they will start to sleep longer…

Post # 6
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Definitely once Addie got older she started consolidating her nighttime sleep better and would sleep later in the mornings.  Until that time happens, is he grumpy when he wakes up?  If he seems happy and ok, I would just leave him in his crib until 1) your husband is ready to get up or 2) he gets grumpy and starts crying, whichever happens first.  There are days even now that Addie gets up around 5-5:30, and we just let her hang out/play in her room by herself until 6 (her normal wake-up time isn’t until 6:30 or 7).  I figure, as long as she’s not grumpy, she’s safe and ok hanging out by herself while we sleep in a little bit.  🙂

Post # 7
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

agree – depending on his age, let him hang out in his crib until a more reasonable hour!  it takes 3 days usually to change a routine. we only had one day of really bad crying when we did nighttime sleep trianing, and it was so incredibly worth it.  our son is a better, more independent sleeper now.  and it sounds like your little guy is having a fairly short night sleeping with only one daytime nap so it will probably be good for hin to sleep in a bit….he just needs to reset his routine.

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