Hi, my 6 year old daughter has always been a realy good sleeper. She used to go to sleep at 6:30pm and wake upo at 7-7:30am. Recently, she's been going to sleep at 9ish most nights and waking up around 5:30- 6:30. It's a nightmare! I work nights, so could really do without waking up at that sort of time every morning.
She's usually hungry and has a very wet nappy when she wakes up. I always give her a snack before bed, usually a yogart containing her eyeQ capsules.
Her daddy works late and usually comes home around 8-8:30pm. She now knows this and wants to stay up to see him, then wants loads of storys/ playtime. We're now gettng hardly any time together on our own.
She's usualy quite tired in the afternoons, it's really hard to engage her in anything after about 1pm.
I don't know what's caused this change in sleeping pattern, but is there anything I could try? She has actually settled well tonight and I think she's asleep. I dread to think what time she'll be up this morning.
If she's 6 years then mine have had a digital clock next to the bed that they know if it says 7 (you can cover up the other two numbers) then they can disturb us. Give her books/toys etc, that she can play with and let her know that she can come through to you when it says 7. (or 8 at weekends)
My dc know I'm not much fun too early and will usually enjoy a time of reading before they get up. If there's a good reason for waking me then they will though.