Post # 1
DS has been pretty good about sleeping through the night. He usually only gets up when he is sick. Giving him back his pacifier or a quick feeding gets him right back to sleep. But… he wakes up most days around 4 am!!! Darling Husband is an early riser, so he gets up with him in the mornings, but he’s getting tired of losing an hour and a half of sleep every day. Once in a while DS wakes around 5:30, but it usually earlier. Darling Husband says he’s pretty wide awake. He changes him, feeds him, and DS plays for a while, then will usually go back down for an hour or two. During the week he usually naps for 2 to 2.5 hours at daycare. Some days he falls asleep on the way home from daycare and I’ll let him sleep for a while, but I wake him up by 6:30 so his bedtime routine isn’t messed up. He usually goes down for bed between 7 and 7:30 depending on if he took a second nap that day. For the past two weeks I’ve been putting him down for naps on the weekends awake and he’ll fall asleep on his own. He usually doens’t cry or fuss for more than a minute or two. At day care he does the same for naps. At bedtime he usually falls asleep in my arms right after his last bottle.
We haven’t really done the cry-it-out method, since he will usually fall asleep without a lot of trouble for us. I’m not opposed to it though.
I don’t know if we should just check on him, give him his pacifier, and let him work it out on his own or what. We’ve tried putting him down earlier and later, and neither seems to directly affect what time he wakes up.
Any advice? Darling Husband sends his gratitude in advance!
Post # 3
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
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
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
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
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.