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05/03/2009 at 14:31
Hi all mums and dads of toddlers!
I've got a 3 year old son and he is my only child. For the past 4 months every day he wakes up between 6 - 6.30 am. He is such an active child and goes to pre-school 3 times a week and by the evening is so tired due to non-stop activities all day. He hardly ever has a daytime nap anymore as he is a stubborn little thing, god bless him! But no matter what time he goes to bed which is usually between 8 - 8.30pm he wakes up like he has an internal alarm or something. Luckily he sleeps throught the night, so I can't complain on that front! But it does mean I go to bed early every night just so I can get enough sleep.
He is extremely obsessed with his dad and as he works only sees him for 2 hours in the evening and weekends. It's as though he has learnt to wake up early on purpose just so he can see his dad before he goes to work! He climbs straight in to our bed every day and demands to go downstairs for breakfast etc etc. We have tried a number of things but we wish he could sleep just a little bit longer. Not even sure if this is normal or not for his age. Does anyone else out there have a same problem?
I have to confess one of the reasons I don't like him waking so early is because I'm not a morning person and find it so difficult to wake up at 6 am every day. I know this is probably a phase but would welcome any ideas from more experienced parents out there!
Regards to all. Anne
05/03/2009 at 16:53
05/03/2009 at 21:19
05/03/2009 at 22:11
cant offer much advice as my daughter has no routine and my sons like a teenager with his sleep, but i have a MUCH younger sister whos 4 and shes allways got up between 5-6 until she started nursery, preschool didnt tire her out enough even though she never seemed to stop, charlottes only started sleeping until 8 since nursery started a few weeks back before that my mum used to take a beaker of drink up and some dried fruit, pop a dvd on the portable player in her bedroom and tell her she could get up when the clock said..... it worked for her, only other suggestions is a black out blind/curtain!
Best of luck xx
06/03/2009 at 22:06
Your not alone,mine is now 4 and hew was always and early riser no matter how early or late he went to bed,it got to the point id get up with him and do his brekki and just lounge on the sofa with a cuppa. His now happy to go to bed by 7:30-8pm and wakes up at 7:30-8am when hubby gets up for work,most mornings he will get in bed with me and snuggle or a few mo's then says come on mummy its wake time.
Is his room light 1st thing in the morning a i found this to be a problem with riley and ended up using a thick curtain or double one up(cheaper than black out ones)as when it got light he thought it was ok to be and about,making it darker did help.
Wish you all the best with this.
07/03/2009 at 15:39
Hi mums, thank you for all your replies and advice re: my early rising son! I will try to put some things you have all suggested into practice. He's had black out blinds in his room since 6 mths old so that's already tried and tested. Every morning he tells me that he has seen a small shaft of light coming through the edge of the blind so that means it's morning and he can get up! These 3 year olds are so clued up!
Will do my best to just hang on in there, but I suppose I will just have to get used to it and hope gradually in time his waking times will change as he gets older (who am I kidding!).
Great to meet you all. Hope to chat again soon in times of need!
07/03/2009 at 19:26
17/03/2009 at 06:59
Hi Anne my little boy of three is also an early riser and is usually up by 5.30 when he comes in to us and demands to get up and go downstairs we have tried everything including letting him stay up later but nothing has worked ,he has toys and a tv in his room but will still want to go down cant wait for clocks to go forward as it will seem like we are getting an extra hour. lol
his twin sister is compleatly opposite and lays in till around 8.30-9.00 if i only had her i would be in sleep heaven. lol
good luck and if you crack it let me know as im also not a morning person and would love a few extra hours. lol
20/03/2009 at 12:43
I wish I had the answers! After 3 yrs of disturbed sleep I have noticed the start of wrinkles and dark bags under my eyes! I'm only 28! I think I have to start looking at the eye products I thought I wouldn't need for a good few years yet! Not to mention the strands of grey I have also found in my hair and am devastated about.
I never knew parenting would be this stressful. Nobody tells you any of this as I think it would put women off having children! God knows why I'm trying for number 2!!! I must be mad but somehow think it will be worth it in the end...in about 20 yrs or so !!
I hope to one day find a 'magic cure' (which I know doesn't exist) for the early riser that is my son but until then I think I have to keep telling myself that 6 am is not early at all, and force myself to get up, start another day and put another load of washing on. Sorry to harp on like a mad, bored, housewife stuck at home with a 3 yr old, but I feel like that sometimes. Mind you it seems like the weather is on the up so we can finally get out and about more. Bring on summer!!
Take care x
30/07/2009 at 08:16
09/08/2009 at 14:09
i wish mine would sleep until 6 am, i'v got a toddler and a 6month old baby and they both wake up about 5, or in this mornings case half 4 and quater to 5 it's a killer
even putting my toddler to sleep as late as possible doesnt work wev tried keeping him awake until 9 at night and he's still up about 5 half 5
09/08/2009 at 19:50
10/08/2009 at 10:16
I have to say i'm quite stubborn with my two, if they wake early they can play quietly in their room but they do not get up regardless of how much they shout or scream. if i check they're ok then they stay in their rooms till 7 which is getting up time, later if they like but not earlier.
they have both gone through stages of trying it on but they give up when they realise mummy is the boss and sets the rules. i fully expect more stages like that though, my kids like to try push the bounderies as much as any other
10/08/2009 at 11:16
When mine were little they stayed in their rooms till it was time.I'm usually up by the time they are now but if not my older ones get up and go down and watch telly.7 o clock's the official time in our house but if I'm up early with Merlin it can be before.If I'm not down quick enough there'll be naughtiness afoot,I can guarantee
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