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Lucymoo Thu 19-May-05 21:53:19

hello, please help me, my 13 month year old son keeps waking up during the night and wakes up every single morning day in day out at the delightful time of 05.30am. If theres anyone out there who can offer some advice, please don't hesitate,from a very tired mum

TracyK Fri 20-May-05 08:57:01

Do you have blackout blinds?
I started using them since ds started waking at 5.15am. and now he's back to between 6 and 6.30am

jerikaka Fri 20-May-05 09:44:03

Dr Richard Ferber explains this really well in his book "How to solve your childs sleep problems". It really helped me when my ds was waking at 4.30-5am. If he is going down for his daytime sleep quite early, then to move it forward by 15 minutes every day. My ds was ready for a nap by 9.15, so I moved it to at least 10.30, if not later. It doesn't work every day, but at least some days are better than others!

loulabelle222 Fri 20-May-05 10:58:58

my 13m ds wakes around 5.30 ive moved his morning sleep from 9.15 to 10.15 today but he loves his sleeps and wants to go back to sleep by 2.30 till 4.30! sometimes he sleeps up to 4 hours in a day!

TracyK Fri 20-May-05 11:28:08

what time does he go to bed lou?

floppsy Fri 20-May-05 12:17:39

When he wakes do you give him a bottle?

Lucymoo Fri 20-May-05 12:55:09

He goes to bed between 7 & 8pm, already has blackout blinds. Hardly has any sleep during day, today he woke up at you guessed it 05.15 but didnt sleep until 11.am and only slept for about 20 mins. Sometimes he has a bottle, i always offer it to him but he doesnt always want it. Once he's awake he wants to play,maybe he isn't one for sleep

loulabelle222 Fri 20-May-05 15:52:23

he goes to bed knackered at about 7-7.30! i won't let him sleep after 4.30 . he loves his sleep. he has two bottles one in morning and one at night and yoghurts during the day.

weesaidie Fri 20-May-05 16:35:29

Okay. I had a similar problem for ages (my dd 13 months too) and I changed naptimes, shortened, lengthened them and didn't work, for me anyway. Ditto, black out blind.

Then my mum told me what to do, finally! Hello woman I have been moaning about this for ages! She used to be a h/v. I have only just started so may not last but so far so good.

Basically when dd wakes up (inbetween 5.30 and 6.30) I give her a drink of milk (while she is still in her cot) and then just leave her. This means for me going into the livingroom and trying to nap on sofa as we share a room!

First night. Up at 5.30am, gave milk, left her, she seemed wide awake but after a little whinging she slept til 8.20.

Second night. Up at 6.15, gave milk, left her, seemed v awake again but again after a little whinging she dropped off til about 8am.

Third night. Up at 4.30 (good god!), this time seemed too early for milk so gave her dummy (terrible I know but only use occasionally now and she generally sleeps without one!) and she then slept til 7.45am!

Don't know how it went last night as she was at her dads but he has been under strict instructions to carry on this new thing!

I have my fingers crossed that eventually she will sleep til 7.30ish without the milk/dummy but even now I am getting at least a couple of hours extra without too much hassle so I am happy!

Sorry that was so long but I thought it might help.

Good luck!

Lucymoo Fri 20-May-05 20:52:41

Hello,thanks for all your ideas,i'll let you know how we get on.X

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