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  1. Emily DeJeu says:

    @ mrs. j. ichipi — I’m sorry to hear that your’e struggling with your little ones’ sleep! You’re right in being concerned; midnight is very late for young children to be going to bed, and young children need to somewhat early (in order to be able to get ready for preschool, etc.) So I understand your desire to change your kids’ schedule!

    We have an e-book that’s specifically designed to help you shift your children’s schedule. It’ll help you adjust their late bedtimes and gradually shift them to an earlier point in the evening. This, in turn, should help them wake earlier, too.

    You can access the e-book here: https://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-waking-too-early/

    Hope this e-book is helpful to you! And do keep us posted on your progress. Feel free to ask any other questions, or to ask for more help, if you need it.

    Thanks for commenting! 🙂

  2. mrs. j. ichipi says:

    my boys don’t always sleep until mid night and they wake up very late in the morning, though after reading thru your articles I started trying to make them sleep on time ,but it is still not working so I don’t exactly know what to do to put them to sleep early enough and my senior son will be starting pre school by September.

  3. Emily DeJeu says:

    @ Mary — I think it probably depends on summertime plans (vacations, traveling, etc.), unique family situations, and personality differences. My family’s summer schedule hasn’t looked much different than our school-year schedule; my kids are still in bed by 8 most nights, and still up by 6:30 or 7. Naps are wackier, but that’s to be expected, since we’re doing more running around. This works for my kids, and it works for my husband & I, since we have both work and need to maintain our weekday schedules.

    But I know other families who transition into true vacation schedules during the summer – late bedtimes, late wake-ups, fewer naps, etc. And that works for them. Plus, some kids have more ‘extreme’ school schedules. For instance, one of my son’s friends has to be at the bus stop by 6:15 (he has a long bus ride to a private school), which means he and his parents have to wake up at 5:30 or 5:45 on weekday mornings. I don’t think anyone in their family wanted to keep up that schedule over the summer! 😉

    @ Meagan – this sounds totally reasonable. I’d suggest waking your son earlier and earlier each day, starting about a week or two before preschool begins. Keep doing that until he’s waking at the time he’ll need to for preschool. And compensate for that earlier waking by making time for longer naps. You may have to deal with some crankiness at first, but that’s to be expected.

    Thanks for commenting, Meagan! 🙂

  4. Meagan says:

    So our son (2) has had the same bedtime during the summer as he did during the school year (it’s a morning toddler program). The difference is he’s sleeping about an hour and a half later in the mornings (and so am I!) That ends up making a big difference in the total amount of sleep he gets over time obviously… His naps on the other hand have been a bit iffy. My HOPE is that we can keep his bedtime constant, and he’ll make up for the time difference with better naps… do you think that’s reasonable? He didn’t seem to be sleep deprived last year…

  5. Mary says:

    Should you every really change their sleep schedule even though school is out and it’s summertime? I’m just wondering if it is better to stick to the same routine you do all year long. I know there would be occassional nights that fall outside of the norm but should they be just that occassional and not a completely new routine? Then you don’t have to train again for the school routine.

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