Can I make him sleep later?

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Registered: 09-01-2004
Can I make him sleep later?
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Mon, 04-11-2011 - 12:20pm

I probably shouldn't complain because Wyatt is finally back to happily sleeping through the night again. So I am probably jinxing myself by asking this at all. But I wish Wyatt was not such an early riser. He wakes up at 5:30am every single morning. He doesn't care that it is the weekend. He doesn't care that I don't have to get up until 6am with his brother. He doesn't care if one or both of us had a bad nights sleep. Like clock work every single day Wyatt gets up at 5:30am. He didn't used to get up this early. He used to sleep in until 7 or 8 am. WHich I am more then happy with. Or at the very least let me sleep until my alarm goes off. DH and I alternate on the weekends who gets up with him. That way we both get at least one day a week to sleep in as long as we want. Which usually ends up being 8am for some reason. LOL


I work nights so DH is the one that puts him to bed most nights. He has his little routine. Around 7pm he puts Wyatt in his jammies and a night time diaper. They snuggle up in the chair and Wyatt has a bottle of milk. About 7:45ish he puts Wyatt in his bouncy chair and wraps him up with a blanket. Wyatt gets all snuggly and warm and drifts off to sleep. DH puts him in his bed and he is out cold until the morning. It is slightly different when I am home because Wyatt will not sit in the chair and drift off. He is to much of a mommy's boy right now and he wants to be me. So at 8pm (his bed time) we lay him down in his bed. He will fuss for a couple of minutes but goes to sleep pretty quickly.


We have tried to just let him cry until 6am when I get up but that was a hot mess. Wyatt would cry until he was screaming and tears were coming down and we just could not handle it. Fussing is one thing but screaming is not ok. It broke my heart. He seemed to have worse seperation anxiety during the day when I did that too. So we stopped doing it and he went back to normal happy baby.


So is there anyway to make him sleep longer in the morning? I would almost prefer to get up with him once in the middle of the night and have him sleep longer in the morning then to get up so early. Oh well ... at least I am getting some sleep now.

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Mon, 04-11-2011 - 12:31pm
Hi Amy!! Saw your post on the hot topic and wanted to jump in and say hi!! Firstly, is his room plenty dark, shades, etc. or is there a chance he is getting up "with the sun" Also, once you get up with him, what do you do with him, do you take him into more lighted areas of the house or anything? What I tended to do with the girls when they got into this habit was to take them back into our bedroom (which was darker than their room) and snuggle or lay they on my chest. Most of the time they would either go back to sleep or at least lay there and rest for a while so I could get a bit more shut eye. You could try keeping him up a slight bit later each night to see if that changes things, but depending on his internal clock, you may risk him just getting up at the same time and being grumpier for lack of sleep. The only other thing we did was, in the evening, up until an hour before bed, we'd do more to tire the kids out, lots more playing, outside time, etc. and then wind them down in their normal bedtime routine and they usually ended up tireder and sleep longer in the mornings. We do that now on Friday and Saturday evenings so we get an extra hour of sleep on the weekend days.
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Registered: 09-01-2004
Mon, 04-11-2011 - 12:51pm
We have shades in his room so the sun doesn't shine in. And it is not yet up that early in the morning. Even the sun gets to sleep in later then me. LOL I do how ever have a lamp in that room. It is one of those touch lamps and we keep it on all night on the lowest setting as a kind of night light. Maybe we should turn it off once he is asleep?

I take him out to the living room and snuggle while he eats. There is no place in his bedroom to sit. I keep everything off except for the night light we have in the living room. We live out in the country and it is pitch BLACK with out a night light. That makes it really hard to get to the bathroom with out tripping and killing yourself on the couch or something. HA HA HA Once Wyatt is done eating he is wide awake. And on the off chance (like this morning) that he drifts off somebody starts getting up and wakes him up again. Bryan did a great job of being quiet as he headed out to the school bus. Then two seconds later DH is yelling from the bedroom "How did he do last night?" UGH! Then he gets mad when I shooooosh him. ugh!

We actually adjusted his bed time from 9pm to 8pm so we could get a little alone time together and to bed at a decent time. Not that I ever get to bed at a decent time on the nights that I work. LOL But even when he was going to bed at 9pm he was still getting up super early. It's like his little internal alarm is set for 5:30 no matter what. LOL

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Mon, 04-11-2011 - 3:03pm
Well it sounds like you are doing everything right. You may just be stuck with it that way for a little while. I get you on the alone time thing, I have both little girls in bed by 9, Madison 7:30-8 and Emma 8:30ish, but sometimes 9, so that either DH and I (when he's actually home), or ODD and I have a little bit of quality time together. And that's about the only time I have to do housework also. Our problem tends to be that I keep their bedtime constant, even on the weekends, but during the week they get up at 6 for daycare, but I really don't want them getting up that early on the weekends. Hang in there, it may just be a phase he is going through, he may readjust eventually to sleeping a bit later again. Until then, hang in there, I know how you feel!!
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Tue, 04-12-2011 - 11:23am
I hope he starts sleeping later because he was up at 4 this morning. LOL
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Tue, 04-12-2011 - 12:03pm
Ugh!! LOL! Emma woke up Madison last night around 9:30, so she had already been in bed 90 minutes, but I could tell she was still tired. I took her into our room with the lights off, but put a DVR'ed show on and she laid there with me for about 30 minutes before I put her back in her bed. That's the only bad thing about 2 so close together sharing a room. I hope he gets to sleeping a bit later for you very soon!!
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