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tommypickles Wed 03-Jun-09 14:16:10

I just replied to another mumsnetter with the below message and then I saw that actually alot of you seem to have a simular problem so have copied it here for you.
Hope it helps.

Have you tried "wake to sleep"?
If he is only waking because it is now habit then this should work.
Basically go into his room an hour earlier than he would usually wake and wake him up.....not totally, just so that he starts to stir or move his eyes. It breaks the sleep pattern so they have to go back to sleep again and then should be back in the deep sleep at the time they would usaully wake. You may have to do it up to 5 nights but some people have broken the pattern in just the one night!!

LaTrucha Wed 03-Jun-09 14:25:54

I am too much of a coward to try this. Does it really work?

Also, DD sleeps in our room. How will I wake myself totally without waking her?

IwishIwasmoreorganised Wed 03-Jun-09 14:29:48

How do you know when to stop?!

I could handle a few early starts but how do you know when you've done it enough to break the old pattern?

tommypickles Wed 03-Jun-09 14:30:34

It does work, so long as you don't totally wake them, but like you say don't know how you'd wake yourself without waking her. It has worked for some people the first night, but they recommend you try it for 5. Just try it, if you're all getting woken up at un-earthly hours anyway....what does it matter LOL

Hope it works grin

LaTrucha Wed 03-Jun-09 14:32:38

Good question IwishIwas

tommypickles Wed 03-Jun-09 14:32:48

IwishIwasmoreorganised.....do it for a couple of nights, if LO doesn't then wake up an hour later then thats a good sign! You don't have to do it for 5 nights. Don't do it one night and see what happens.

tommypickles Wed 03-Jun-09 14:34:43

So if LO normally wakes at 4am, wake him at 3am. If they then don't wake up again at 4ish as usual then you probably only have to do it one more night.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Wed 03-Jun-09 22:12:24

Ok thanks - that kind of makes sense! ATM ds2 is waking about 5.30 - 6.00 so do I go for a 4.30 rousing?

tommypickles Fri 05-Jun-09 08:16:29

yeah, it can take up to 5 nights for it to work, and it has to be because they got themselves into the habit of waking at that time, won't work for any other reason, if they're hungry, hot, cold etc. It also may not work, I suppose, if they're waking because it light outside and the light wakes them and they think it's morning.....but not too sure

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