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  1. Loran says:

    Hi,
    I have a 18 month old who for the past 2 weeks has been waking everyday at 5am. He doesn’t seem to be waking up happy and will then fall asleep in the car on the school run.

    Ive tried a later bed time/ earlier bedtime but the trouble is once he is awake at 5am fitting in his nap at the right time and getting him to sleep for the right amount of nap time is a struggle.

    How do i put him back on a schedule of 6:30 awake time and 6 :30 bedtime with the 1 nap? do i need to be consistent for a certain amount of time or do i need to totally change his routine.

    I cant have him starting his day at 5 and also waking his 4 year old sister.

    Please help with advice.

    • Danielle says:

      Hi Loran,
      Thank you so much for visiting The Baby Sleep Site! I’m sorry you’re struggling with these early wakings – they are so tough! It’s hard to know why this is happening without more information, but I can recommend our article on some common reasons for the trouble: https://www.babysleepsite.com/toddlers/toddler-waking-early-rising-tips/
      I hope it helps, but please let us know if you have other questions!

    • Janis says:

      Loran did you find something that helped? My son has been doing this as well.

  2. Sarah says:

    I have a 14 month old who is waking about every 4 hours during the night. He is teething (very slow for teeth to come through and typically with multiple at a time) and in a developmental leap. He often takes/needs a bottle during these times to go back to sleep. He gets a bottle (expressed Breastmilk for all bottles) before all sleep but goes into his bed awake to fall asleep on his own.

    He usually goes to bed between 8-8:30 pm. Awake at 1/1:30 then sometimes again at 4:30/5.
    Wake up in morning at 7:15 am
    Breakfast 8:30 am (eats best)
    Bottle 9:30 am
    Nap 9:30/10-12
    Lunch 12:30/1pm
    Bottle 3pm
    Nap 3:30-5:30 pm
    Dinner 5:30-6 pm (eats best)
    Bottle and bed 8/8:30 pm

    He’s not a great eater with solids. He’s always been rather picky and now he’s too busy playing and exploring to eat. Are his night wakings hunger, growth, teeth, or sleep associations. I try offering less milk during the night and only if he’s really fussy but we will gulp down a lot of milk (sometimes 5-7oz) and go back to sleep. Trying to offer more food during the day but he’s not interested. Is he sleeping too long during day time naps?? We tried going one nap but he woke more during the night to eat.

    Any thoughts would be appreciated.

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says:

      Hi @Sarah – Thanks for writing, and so sorry to hear that you’re struggling with your toddler’s night wakings! This article should help:
      https://www.babysleepsite.com/toddlers/how-to-get-a-toddler-to-sleep-through-the-night-even-in-their-own-bed/
      You can certainly test out shortening the naps a little, to ensure that he’s tired at night, and see if that helps! He likely needs to have more milk in the day and less at night, and you can work on that too, as well as adding a high protein snack before bed! Good luck Sarah, and if you’d like more help, please contact us at any time!

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