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Going to try the putting baby to bed an hour earlier thing but is 6:15-6:30pm too early??

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BiscuitStuffer Mon 08-Jun-09 14:53:44

DS (10 months old) wakes any time from 4:50 to 5:30am and on the advice given in the other thread, I'm going to try tipping him in to bed by 6:30pm at the latest BUT is this too early really? I can't be doing with him being up for the day from 4:15 or anything awful like that. I'm wondering if he does just have 10 hours of sleep in him and that's all he needs at the moment.

Any thoughts and advice welcome!

Abi12 Mon 08-Jun-09 16:01:09

My son is nearly 11 months and has been going to bed at 6:00 - 6:30pm for months. He wakes between 6:30 and 7:00am.

If I put him to bed later than 7:00 he doesn't sleep well and without fail will wake by 6:00am!! If I was more organised I would have him in bed by 6:15 every day but its usually more like 6:30.

Good luck!

Egg Mon 08-Jun-09 16:05:45

Same as Abi. I try to get my DTs (17 months) into bed by 6:45pm. The later they go to bed the earlier they wake. If they get to bed after 7pm they always seem to be awake by 6am, but will often sleep from 6:30pm to 7:15/7:30am.

I wouldn't want to get them to bed earlier than 6:30 though, but mine are older.

BiscuitStuffer Mon 08-Jun-09 17:11:03

Oh that does sound promising. DS sleeps well in the day - 1/2 hr about 9:30 ish and then 1- 1.5 hours at lunch time. does this sound about right?

Pheebe Mon 08-Jun-09 17:52:37

We have always started bedtime at 6. Bath, bottle and story, teeth then bed. DS2 (19 months) is in bed for 6.30, DS1 (4.5y) in bed by about 7. Babies and young kids need LOTS of sleep.

elliepac Mon 08-Jun-09 18:00:16

DD 15 months is always in bed for 6.30, asleep for 7 and wakes up around 6.30 (early for some, but fits into my routine as have to leave home at 8). She also always has a good 2 hour nap at lunchtime. As everybody else has said, she is much happier when she has had lots of sleep and I have also found that the later she goes to bed the earlier she wakes.

sambo2 Mon 08-Jun-09 18:43:02

I am on my knees too - my 8.5 month old has woken early for what seems like forever...anywhere between 4.45-6am. It is definitely having a knock on effect on his daytime sleep (which is getting shorter), which means by bedtime he is tired, irritable and won't take a full bottle (he is not eating much solids at the moment either - which I am convinced is because he is tired).

I have always aimed for a 7pm bedtime, with bath etc starting at 6pm. He has fallen asleep virtually in a coma by 6.45pm...

Having read the other thread also, tonight I put him to bed at 5.45pm.

I figured that even if he still wakes between 4.45-6am, at least he will have had a good 11-12 hours sleep, which is clearly what he needs at the moment (poor little boy has permanently bloodshot eyes!!) rather than 10 hours.

I have fingers and toes crossed it works (I have tried all the blackout stuff but with no success!!) hmm

princessmel Mon 08-Jun-09 19:09:21

My 2 seem to only be able to sleep for 10 hours...sorry!

I think the going to bed an hour early, works if they are not going to bed that well. It seems odd but it works.

nickytwotimes Mon 08-Jun-09 19:12:50

Must say that ds was always tucked up between 6.30 6.45 ish at that age.

Of course now he is a grown up nearly-3, he stays up until 7/7.30. shock wink

barnsleybelle Mon 08-Jun-09 19:21:25

DD who is now 21 months always needs to be in bed early. At 10 months she would sleep from around 6.15pm until 7-7.30am.. If i kept her up much past this time we had all sorts of sleep issues!

She still needs lots of sleep. Thing is though, some need a lot and some simply don't. Luck of the draw i guess.

ThePhantomPlopper Mon 08-Jun-09 19:22:53

DD 15mo is in bed by 6 and sleeps until 7:30-08:00, any later and she sleeps badly and is up early. She has an hour or 2 at lunch time too.

Hope it works for you.

barnsleybelle Mon 08-Jun-09 19:23:29

Ps At 10 months my dd had cut out the morning nap, but having said that she wasn't up early so could last i suppose.

warthog Mon 08-Jun-09 19:27:14

i've just managed to get my 9.5 mo to sleep from 6:30pm til 7am.

i was feeding her when she woke up at 5 / 5:30. i was absolutely positive that she was getting enough food during the day.

at 6:15 i gave her a bit of porridge, put her down at 6:30. then when she woke at 5 / 5:30, i made her wait 15 mins before giving her some milk. i only had to do this for about a week before she started sleeping much better. (cross fingers for tomorrow morning!!!)

sambo2 Tue 09-Jun-09 08:32:16

Well, having put my LO to bed at 5.45pm last night he woke almost 12 hours later at 5.15am...NOT good news for me in terms of conquering his early waking and MY sleep deprivation wink, but at least he had a good nights sleep. He has had a good breakfast and is still a busy bee moving around the kitchen (normally he would be winging and cross by now!). Depending on how long he sleeps for at lunch, I will aim for a 6pm bedtime and see if he 'lies in' for a tiny bit longer...

vesela Tue 09-Jun-09 09:32:23

I can't find the other thread, but what time did he use to go to bed?

DD went to bed at 8-9 at that age and slept until 8-9 in the morning. I didn't want to put her to bed any earlier in case she woke earlier! (I think I did have to give her a feed at 6am, but she went back to sleep afterwards.)

BiscuitStuffer Tue 09-Jun-09 10:18:01

My 10 month old was in bed by 6:40. Woke at 5:45, had a quick bit of boob and went back to sleep until 8. Will try 6:30 tonight and if this pattern repeats, I'll then knock the morning feed on the head.

Bobo23 Tue 09-Jun-09 12:16:28

ooo a request for linkage to the mysterious 'other thread' on this..

DS currently goes to bed about 7 after 6.30 bath.... wakes a few times for feeds then wakes up properly at 6 am. Would love him to wake a bit later and I'm wondering if he needs to go to bed earlier.

HelenMc1 Thu 11-Jun-09 14:41:01

I read this thread a couple of days ago after wondering why my little bundle of joy (16 mths) was waking at 6/6.15am.

Anyway, the last couple of days have taken some posters advice and have got him into bed at 6.45pm (previously 7pm) and I can not believe those 15 mins make a difference but he has woken at 7am both mornings!

Now I am under no illusion that one Swallow (or two lie ins...) make a summer (and he is generally a very good sleeper) but I am definitely going to stick with it!

HarryB Fri 12-Jun-09 06:27:02

DS is 5.5 months old and 99% sleeping through from 8pm, but waking between 4.30 and 5.30am which after several months now, is killing me. Sounds mad, but I'm actually more tired than when he was a newborn waking for feeds.

From tonight I plan to start his bed routine at 6pm (bottle, bath etc) with an aim to having him down by 7 at the latest. Is it ok to try this with a 5 month old or should I follow his lead for the timebeing?

sambo2 Fri 12-Jun-09 08:02:16

Well, he went to bed last night at 6pm and woke at 6.30am... more than 12 hours sleep for him (yay!) and a 'lie-in' of about an hour for me...early to bed seems to be the way forward!

Hayleyw Fri 12-Jun-09 09:04:13

Hi, I dont think thats too early at all, Mine are 1 now (Twins) and they go to bed at 6.30/7pm and seem fine. they wake about 5.30/6am every morning. Good luck hun. x

CHOCOLATEPEANUT Sun 14-Jun-09 21:43:33

I have 18mth ds and 5 year old dd

Bathtime has always been 6pm with ds coming out first,dressed,milk and bed by 6.15. That gives me time with dd for homework/our time until she goes to bed at 8pm.

They both wake at 7am

kristatwin Mon 15-Jun-09 08:32:08

Mine are 21 months(twins) and go to bed between 6 -6.30, not to early at all, in fact if i could get them in bed any earlier i would (hehe).

HaventSleptForAYear Mon 15-Jun-09 08:45:05

I'm going to go against the grain here and say that earlier to bed will not mean later to wake!

I put DS1 to bed religiously at 6.45-7pm and he woke for 2 years at 5.30 am. He just didn't need anymore sleep.

It didn't seem to make a difference putting him down later on the ODD night, but once we got to summer and his bedtime slipped naturally to 8 or 8.30ish he started waking later.

We do the same with DS2 who occasionally wakes at 6.45 at the earliest, and even then, will often have a quick feed and go back down for an hour - bliss!

Some babies just don't need 12 hrs sleep at night.

HarryB Tue 16-Jun-09 13:44:14

After 3 nights of putting DS to bed at 7, he is finally settlling to sleep by 7.15. This is a big improvement on going to bed at 8 and waking at 4.30-5.30. Next step is to try and get him sleeping by 7pm. smile

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