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My 23 month old son wakes at 5.30 to 6am every day

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Beautifulbabyboy Sat 20-Jul-13 06:48:45

Which is fine, it is just his sleep pattern. He goes asleep at 7pm every night. But I keep thinking of a previous AIBU thread where parents who let their toddlers watch 2-3 hours of tele a day were flamed, in particular one poster said parents who do this "obviously their heart isn't in it"

So AIBU to think these same parents don't have an early riser...

Because my heart is very much into parenting, but from 5.45 to hopefully 7.15 I can manage to lie in bed whilst DS watches the iPad... Or am I supposed to be bouncing around downstairs coming up with fun filled activities at dawn?

(For the record he also watches the bedtime hour on cbeebies - wind down time.. - hence the 2-3 hours)

SweepTheHalls Sat 20-Jul-13 06:50:59

Early risers in this house and we are 100% with you!

CaptainSweatPants Sat 20-Jul-13 06:52:00

Its fine

Do what you have to do to stay sane!

ArabellaBeaumaris Sat 20-Jul-13 06:52:25

I'm jealous! My 21m is an early riser but she isn't interested in the telly.

Emilythornesbff Sat 20-Jul-13 06:53:11

<waves to fellow early risers>

Just got up with DS after half an our of sponge bob. grin
He's now eating an apple.

NothingsLeft Sat 20-Jul-13 06:54:22

YABU - I wouldn't call 6am am easier riser tbh.

NothingsLeft Sat 20-Jul-13 06:54:38


catgirl1976 Sat 20-Jul-13 06:55:31

I have been up since 4:30am with 20 mo DS

The TV has been on since we got up. I am barely functional.

If that means "my heart isn't in it" I will glady drop him round to some more perfect parent tomorrow morning when he wakes at 4:30 and they can knock themselves out doing potato prints and baking whilst I get some zzz grin

Beautifulbabyboy Sat 20-Jul-13 06:55:41

Thanks sweep! I just keep thinking of that smug comment "you heart isn't in it" if your babies watch tv. I really want to know what they would do at 5.45am... Start making craft puppets?

LtEveDallas Sat 20-Jul-13 06:56:22

Another early rising family agreeing 100% DD didn't sleep past 6am until she was 6. Even now (2 years on) it's a miracle if she sleeps past 7am. I can hear her stirring now, and she didn't go to sleep last night until about 10 because of the heat.

Channel 5's "Milkshake" Show was my saviour in the early years. Now it will be some American shite like iCarly or Victorious, but anything is better than being 'cheerful, happy, bouncy mum' at 6am grin

icklemssunshine1 Sat 20-Jul-13 06:56:47

Have also been up for one hour - hello to other early birds (whether you want to be or not)!

I do exactly the same except its lots of Peppa on V+ box whilst DD merrily uses our bed as a trampoline & DH & I try to catch a few more minutes sleep!

Happy days smile

bleedingheart Sat 20-Jul-13 06:57:24


My 34mth old currently wakes between 4:30-6am. He settles anywhere between 7 and 10pm. If I didn't rely on CBeebies sometimes, I'd be a wreck.

Beautifulbabyboy Sat 20-Jul-13 06:57:26

The potato prints made me laugh! Ahhh, I have friends whose babies don't wake until gone 7am every day... Can you imagine... (Stares wistfully off into distance!)

catgirl1976 Sat 20-Jul-13 06:57:29

You mean you haven't done your Mandarin Flash cards and an hour of baby yoga yet Beautiful?


catgirl1976 Sat 20-Jul-13 06:58:00

What I can't believe is that we now consider 7am a luxurious lie in grin

Gruffalump Sat 20-Jul-13 06:58:20

Competitive early rising ahoy..

I have one who gets up around the same time, I just want an extra hour!!

icklemssunshine1 Sat 20-Jul-13 06:58:52

Aaah, 7am ... I can only dream smile

Beautifulbabyboy Sat 20-Jul-13 06:59:22

Indeed catfish I haven't - should start saving for DS's therapy that he will obviously need!

Arabella - your DC won't watch tv -ahhhh I am sending you a lot of sympathy!!

SpottyTeacakes Sat 20-Jul-13 07:01:25

5:20 here. Thinking of moving them into the same room so that they can entertain each other grin

catgirl1976 Sat 20-Jul-13 07:01:34

I am such a bad mummy, I once gave him a bowl of chocolate buttons at 6am just to keep him quiet for 10 minutes blush

That's got to be worse than the TV smile

Beautifulbabyboy Sat 20-Jul-13 07:01:58

So true... On the days my DH and I give each other a lie in and drag out tired bottoms down stairs, invariably the other one is up by 8am as that is a mega lie in now... Thinks back to Sunday morning 11ams...

Beautifulbabyboy Sat 20-Jul-13 07:03:05

Oooo do chocolate buttons work?! I will do anything for an extra 10 mins.

catgirl1976 Sat 20-Jul-13 07:03:55

Oh 11am smile Those were the days

And when you did get up you could just loaf around the house. No one tugging your arm shouting "mumma. mumma. pig mumma. make a tunnel mumma. outside, outside outsiiiiiiiiiiiiidddddddddddddee"


catgirl1976 Sat 20-Jul-13 07:04:30

They kept him quiet long enough for me to drink a coffee uninterrupted. smile

scratchandsniff Sat 20-Jul-13 07:04:51

9mth old DS wakes between 6-6.30, 7am is a lie in. I look forward to when I can pop him in front of the telly to get a few more Zzzz's grin. Mind you I seem to wake at that time now regardless. Wistfully remember the days of lying in till shock horror 9am.

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