Anyone with an early rising toddler?

(11 Posts)
OriginalHugsy Wed 09-Sep-15 07:24:30

Just wondering about routine and sleep patterns. My 22 month old has always been an early bird. We wake up and have some milk then about an hour after we eat breakfast. Since she went to 1 nap a day she sleeps about 11-12.30 and then has lunch (snack before nap). I find this doesn't leave us with many options in the morning as we used to enjoy play groups but she gets too tired and miserable now as they are usually from 10am.
Anyway, I think I should cut her milk out but do other early birds just walk and have breakfast straight away? If so then when is nap and lunch for you? We wake at 5.30 on a bad day, 6 on a good day never thought I'd day 6am is a good day

poocatcherchampion Wed 09-Sep-15 07:27:58

We have breakfast at 9am.
DC aren't allowed out of their room before 8ish / maybe 7.30
They sometimes wake 6am.
I leave them to it.

Is she still in a cot? Cab you work on leaving her in there longer so you are not getting up so early?

I'm not totally sure on your question but suggest that milk first then breakfast later is fine.

Disclaimer - I know that many people have to be somewhere before 9am, so do we sometimes but that is norm for us.

Artandco Wed 09-Sep-15 07:41:06

I would also encourage her to entertain herself between 6-7am. Take side off her cot and make bedroom safe so she can get up and play quietly alone until a more reasonable hour

I would ditch the milk on waking as it becomes a habit many wake early for. Leave a beaker of water in her bedroom she can help herself to when she wakes

OriginalHugsy Wed 09-Sep-15 08:08:10

I would love to leave her but as soon as she wakes she starts talking and then cries non stop until I go and get her. I fear it's gone on too long this way to change until maybe older and I can reason with her or is that just wishful thinking blush

poocatcherchampion Wed 09-Sep-15 08:13:03

Just work at itva few minutes a day. And leave some books out for entertainment.

OriginalHugsy Wed 09-Sep-15 11:57:44

Yes I could try and hope that with darker mornings she might sleep in more. She wants to sleep with her fave toy but I find that she plays with it too much and it stimulates her but if I don't let her sleep with it she wakes up crying for it. I never know what to do for best

TiredOfPeople Wed 09-Sep-15 16:35:51

My 26 month old is currently going through massive regression. Bed just fine at arund 7pm but then wakes screaming anytime between 9pm on a bad night and 1pm on a good night - I then have to go sleep next to his bed. He now wakes at 5am every morning (5.30am on a good day), where he used to wake at 6.30am. Sigh. He has also dropped all naps.

Littlef00t Wed 09-Sep-15 18:32:36

I told dd to play and wait for mummy in the morning and put a book in her cot at 18 months. Was majority surprised but she stopped crying the moment she opens her eyes now. And sleeping longer no she's not immediately wired and could drop off again if still tired. Think the darker mornings have helped.

poocatcherchampion Wed 09-Sep-15 19:57:14

Put the toy in when you go to bed?

lovemakespeace Thu 10-Sep-15 07:07:44

22 months should be just about old enough for a Gro clock or similar? It took some perseverance, but my son knows not to call out before the sun. We just changed his schedule but until recently it was set for 6.30 which seemed reasonable to us when he often woke at 6.

Suzietwo Thu 10-Sep-15 07:11:23

When we have had similar issues we cut out the morning milk. So a/he wasn't expecting something the second they woke up. Made them much better at entertaining themselves for a bit first thing

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