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Dreading clocks going back for my early riser. .any advice?

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FifiFerusha Mon 19-Oct-15 21:28:46

My DS likes an early bedtime and starts to get grumpy at about 6 and is asleep by about 6.45, not exact of course. This is probably due to the fact that his last nap of the day coincides with my DD's school run if the pram. He can rarely stay awake for than 2 hours and that is the point of tears and crisis so always put him down after an hour and a half. Anyhow he is also an early riser, about 5.30 to 6. I have tried putting him back to asleep at these times but it never works. However, it means I can feed him and get him napping in the pram before and then while i get DD ready for school and we are good to go. The school run really dictates our routine. I am dreading him getting up at 4 30 every morning when the clocks change. So any advice on how to go about the clock change? I know they say make the bed time later but I struggle to keep him up as the school run nap always finishes at about 4.15. aim sure it will sort itself but just curious for any tips....cheers.

StrawberriCream Mon 19-Oct-15 21:33:41

As you've got a few days try an extra 10 mins each day then it's not the whole hour in one go?

Iggly Mon 19-Oct-15 21:35:49

We just did the adjustment in one go with our second with a bit of tweaking. They get it quite quickly!

FifiFerusha Mon 19-Oct-15 22:10:25

Should I bring the rest of the day back 10 minutes as well.a ah, pretty tricky this one as our routine isn't set in stone and am often flexible to his cues unless it is around school run time. Can I just focus on the last nap of the day and the bedtime. . Bedtime also fluctuates. Think I may be stressing about this too much smile

gemsie23 Tue 20-Oct-15 07:16:12

I'm also dreading this! My dd has started waking at about 5:20 the last week! I tried to keep it dark and tell her it's still sleep time but she is just wide awake. Bedtime doesn't seem to change her waking time so I'm really worried about what will happen with the clock change!

Lweji Tue 20-Oct-15 07:21:52

You realise that the school run nap will also move? So, he'll probably self adjust.

Do you have black out curtains?

Fraggled Tue 20-Oct-15 07:25:19

Speaking from my experience we usually have 2-3 very early starts it then they just self-adjust. I never bother tweaking anything, I just resign myself to a few very early starts. Good luck, I'll be up at 4 on Monday I'm sure!

wonkylegs Tue 20-Oct-15 07:48:05

Scarily my DS self adjusts with remarkable quickness. He was always an early riser 5am but when we got him in school he adjusted to 6am (well he still sometimes gets up earlier but now knows he's not allowed out of his room until 6) but whenever the clocks changed he managed to self adjust within a day or two. He's somewhat better at it than I am and has been since he was a baby.
Otherwise I'd slowly start adjusting 10mins everyday. Do you have half term next week? If so routines will be slightly different anyway so it might be easier than you think.

FifiFerusha Tue 20-Oct-15 09:28:45

Ah, of course it is half term holidays. .least that gives me a bit of flexibility, just need to try and keep up with wake ups that conincide with a potential school run. Interestingly enough he went to bed late last night as he got over tired and couldn't get him to sleep until about 7.45. He woke at 5 regardless, managed to get him back to sleep for 45 mins, the usual nap length. . So I guess that is later. Will try my best to get him to bead later and resign myself to a bit of a shake up until it works out.. Good luck everyone and thank u for your reassurance x

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