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Will a later bedtime equal a later wake time?

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Pinkandwhite Tue 07-Jun-16 12:54:17

My 21 month old is waking just before 6am each morning. I would love just an extra half an hour in the morning. Has anyone had any success with a later bedtime equating to a later wake up time at this age? Thanks!

Cloudybutwarm Tue 07-Jun-16 12:55:51

No. They don't work like normal human beings in my experience. (In any area, not just sleep!)

Pinkandwhite Tue 07-Jun-16 12:56:58

Haha! Yes, you're right!

GreenSand Tue 07-Jun-16 13:01:04

Maybe!!! Make his last meal half an hour later too mine is 7 and still wakes before 5, maybe ignore me

ChoudeBruxelles Tue 07-Jun-16 13:03:30

I doubt it. They'll just be tired and horrid

BugPlaster Tue 07-Jun-16 13:06:23

No. And if you take a nap away they just get overtired and don't sleep properly as a result.

DailyMailYobos Tue 07-Jun-16 13:12:56

I gave a longer daytime nap and dd started sleeping through the night. She wakes at 6am, has a quick bf in a darkened room and she goes back to sleep until 8am. It might be worth trying?

TickledOnion Tue 07-Jun-16 13:17:18

It might work if you keep it going for over a week. Mine go to bed later on holiday in the hope they might sleep in. Usually their bodies adjust to sleeping later on the day we come home.

scrumptiouscrumpets Thu 09-Jun-16 15:43:21

Yes, you need to keep it up for a while though. I shifted DS's bedtime backwards an hour and after a week or so he started waking an hour later in the morning.

Zaurak Thu 09-Jun-16 19:35:30

It's made no difference to us (even with consistency.) he's up for the day before 5am regardless of bedtime or how much sleep he's had.

jeavcike Thu 09-Jun-16 19:44:14

I wish it was that simple! Mine (3&5 now) go to bed at 7/7:30 and are up about the same time which is great and I have no issue with that; the problem is when we want to have an occasional night out and break from the constraints of the routine (a bbq or a party for example) and they go to bed later on. Most people would sleep in the following day whereas most children I know of actually wake earlier and are therefore a pain in the arse the following day.
What I have noticed though is that sleep begets sleep; in other words, the more opportunities they have for sleep and naps, the more they actually do sleep, if that makes sense.

WhatwouldRuthdo Thu 09-Jun-16 19:49:57

Not in this house! And yet everytime 2 year old DS takes an age to go to sleep, I cling to the hope that tomorrow maybe, just maybe, he'll have a lie in. Hopeless optimism.

Heatherbell1978 Mon 20-Jun-16 20:21:25

No! 22 month old here who wakes at 5.30 every morning. 5am this morning. Same whether he is in bed early or late and whether he naps for 1 hour or 3 hours during the day. I've given up and we just go to bed early to get a reasonable amount of sleep!!

Toffeelatteplease Mon 20-Jun-16 20:24:53

It worked when DD hit 10 years ish.... when she was little she would still wake up at the same time (usually starting with a 5 sometimes earlier) except grumpier

Believeitornot Mon 20-Jun-16 20:26:20

It might work if you did it over a week or so. Just don't expect immediate results.

E.g my body clock has me waking at the same sort of time each day. If I went to bed late as a one off, I'd wake as normal the next day.

NeedACleverNN Mon 20-Jun-16 20:27:04

Hahahahahahaha nope.

If I put my children to bed later, they get up earlier!

So half an hour later bed time, half an hour earlier wake up time. Every time. It's uncanny

TheDisreputableDog Mon 20-Jun-16 20:28:15

No. They don't seem to understand logic...

CottonSock Mon 20-Jun-16 20:29:41

No. I put dd to be early last week as I was going out, then I could not believe she stayed asleep till 8o/c! Over 13 hours. Putting to bed later has never made a difference though (although I try and be sneaky and change gro clock). I'd try a group clock if you haven't already. Ours works for programmed 7am wake ups, although it was eallier when she was 21 months

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CremeEggThief Mon 20-Jun-16 20:31:10

My DS would sleep 11 or 12 hours from whenever he went to bed until he was about 4, which was brilliant on holiday, as we could be out until midnight, safe in the knowledge he'd sleep until 11 a.m.grin In general, he was on an 8.30/9 p.m. to 8/9 a.m. schedule, until starting school (when he had to be up by 8.15 at the latest).

anotherdayanothersquabble Mon 20-Jun-16 20:32:49

DS1... We started with a wake up clock around 22 months and he did start to get it, got to 6:30 and I was pleased!!

DD....earlier bed time led to later wake up time. She was a bit of a text book baby.

DS2.... Flaming nightmare, nothing worked!!

The boys are still early risers, especially at weekends, DD wakes late and then reads in bed for about an hour if she has nothing on! (They are 11, 9 and 7 now)

Eminybob Mon 20-Jun-16 20:37:49

No. Just to echo everyone else.
We went on holiday recently and some nights DS didn't get into bed until after 9 (normally 7.30) and he still woke up at the usual time of 6/6.30. Which was even weirder given that there was a 1 hour time difference confused

Mamachim Mon 20-Jun-16 22:40:14

Depends on the baby.. I work late shifts mainly so DD1 18mo has always kept later hours. Bed at 9 usually and she sleeps til 9am. Worth a try I reckon!

DramaAlpaca Mon 20-Jun-16 22:42:40

It worked for all of mine. I'm not a morning person but was happy to have the DC up later in the evening so I could get more of a lie in.

allegretto Mon 20-Jun-16 22:44:50

IT worked for us - try it.

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