Morning routines

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Registered: 04-04-2003
Morning routines
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Fri, 04-04-2003 - 12:18pm
Ever since my son started sleeping in his "big boy" bed, he's made a habit of coming into my room to wake me up as soon as he wakes up. During the week, when I have to work, this routine is fine, however, I wanted to get him in the habit of just playing in his room for a while, before he wakes me up (especially on weekends!).

Any ideas how I could encourage this?

Jen

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Fri, 04-04-2003 - 1:13pm
Jen, sorry I'm not much help here. Ds, who will be 4 in two weeks, generally gets up with the sun and once the sun is up there is no getting him back to bed. We've used that to our advantage when he gets up before the sun. We are able to steer him back to bed by telling him it is too early to get up, look even the sun is still asleep.

Hopefully someone else might have some suggestions to help you.

Dawn

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Fri, 04-04-2003 - 2:09pm
Sorry no advice here either. My son wakes up between 5-6 and wakes me up right away. He comes in and lays next to me and taps my cheek, saying, time to wake up. If I don't get up he keeps going. What I do though is grab my pillow and blanket and after getting him his juice, turn on a movie and I dose on the couch until he wakes me up again.

Johnna

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Sat, 04-05-2003 - 6:36am
I know just how you feel! My dd has been doing this since I dont know when! I could give you one idea and that is only if you are up to it. Drag yourself out of your bed and go lay in HIS bed while he plays?? Im sorry I cant be of more help, I have been so sleep deprived since my dd was born. Shes 2 1/2 now. You think shed get the idea but once she is up..thats it! We ALL have to be up ''no more sleeping for you mama'' pulling the blankets off and everything!

Sorry I cant be of more help! I know how you feel !!!

Anna- Danae ( 8.3.00)

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Sat, 04-05-2003 - 9:05am
leave books in or by his bed and just tell him this when he goes to bed at night. I read on another board that it takes 3 weeks to form a habit - good luck

Andrea

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Mon, 04-07-2003 - 11:08am
Ok...embarassed mom responding here. I could never get my DS to play in his room when he woke up....come on, half the fun of having a "big boy" bed is to be able to wake mom & dad up. So what we started was at night before I go to bed I turn the living room TV on his cartoon channel and when he gets up he goes right in there and turns the TV on and watches his cartoons till I get up. Usually not very long..however it is an option for him. Occassionally he will insist we get up as well, but usually he will just go watch morning cartoons!

Laura SAHM to Emily 9.2,Jordan 4.4 & baby #3(EDD 5/25)

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Emily 9 1/2, Jordan 4 1/2 and Carys born 5/2/03

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Mon, 04-07-2003 - 3:14pm
Laura, don't be embarrassed. We've had to start making sure that we have the tv in the living room on a channel that Philip can watch and have the satelite box set to his favorites because he started turning on the tv and satelite box on his own! Dh still thinks he is too short to reach the satelite box and was surprised when he heard the tv go on yesterday .

Dawn

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Mon, 04-07-2003 - 4:29pm
Hi there I don't know if this is actually advice but I thought I would tell you what works for us. I have a 7 yr old boy and 2 yr old twin boys and what I have always done was make sure their room is safe, put a gate in the doorway and a monitor so I can hear everything that is going on in the room and make sure the have easy access to some of their favorite toys and usually when my kids wake up the first thing they do is get up and start playing with their toys because they can't come out of the room by themselves. They usually play for a half and hour to an hour depending on if the need to be changed or if they're hungry then they start crying and I do and get them up but otherwise I usually get a little extra sleep this way.

Hope you find a solution!

Shelley

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Tue, 04-08-2003 - 8:27pm
Our oldest did the same thing. I think the TV is a great idea, we use is all the time. Tune it to Nick Jr. or PBS before you go to bed and when he comes to get you tell him go watch TV. My DH is very grumpy when woken, so DS very quickly learned to go downstairs. (GET OUT OF HERE AND WATCH SESAME STREET! or some such outburst.) We also gave him a digital clock and said not to disturb us until the first number was a 7.

Now he's almost 9 and still an early bird. We used to have him watch in the living room where we could keep an ear out for him, but now he's old enough to watch in the den so the noise doesn't wake anyone else. Now he tiptoes down the stairs, closes the door to the den softly and quietly watches the Weather Channel, or ESPN until 8 (our new 'do not disturb until' time.) My other two kids have followed suit. For a while they would only come up when they got hungry, but now the boys (8 1/2, 7)can get their own cereal and help their little sister (3 1/2) with hers. Usually when we hear bowls clanking and cereal boxes pouring, we'll rouse ourselves. Maybe. :-)