Ready to Begin Your Sleep Journey?   Yes! Show Me How
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  1. Michelle says

    Hi, my son is 15 months old and is taking two naps (10am-11:30am and 3pm-4:30pm). He usually goes to sleep around 8pm. He is night-weaned but still nurses at 7am before breakfast and at 7:30pm before bed. He can fall asleep independently. We have battled early waking with him pretty much his whole life. There have been little spells of a few weeks here or there that he has slept until 7am ish but most of the time he wakes up around 5am. I have never gotten him up for the day at that time. I have been consistently starting his day around 7am since he was tiny. I always treat his early morning waking as a night waking. I know that he is not ready to get up at 5am because he is really cranky and clearly still tired. Often what happens is that he will be awake from 5am-7am when I go in and get him up for the day. Then he just wants to fall asleep while I nurse him. So I have to try to keep him awake so it doesn’t throw his whole day’s schedule off. I am curious if you would suggest trying to transition to one nap, or move bedtime earlier or later, or if I should be adjusting when I nurse him. I am just kind of at my wits end and am not sure what else to try. Thanks!

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Michelle –
      Thank you for writing to us, and I’m sorry to hear about your toddler’s early waking! Early wakings can be tricky and tough to figure out! If you haven’t already, I would recommend checking out this article on our blog about transitioning to one nap:
      This will help you determine if your little guy is ready for this!
      Since he is still so tired when he wakes at 5am, I wouldn’t recommend a later bedtime! Do play around with earlier and see if that helps, but as I said, early wakings can be tricky!!
      For more help, I’d like to recommend our VIP Members Area, which gives you access to all of our e-Books as well as audio tele-seminar recordings, case studies, and do-it-yourself tutorials, including a workbook designed to help you create your own sleep plan. My favorite feature is the access to our weekly “members only” expert chat sessions, where one of our sleep consultants will answer your specific questions live via chatroom! I think that this would be very helpful for you so that you can ask one of our experts (join and ask new questions every week, if you’d like!) You can also write a message on any of the pages within the VIP Area, and a Sleep Consultant will reply!

      The Members Area subscription is very affordable, and available in sizes to fit every budget. Members also receive 20% off of all personalized sleep consultation services, should you find that you would like even more personalized assistance.

      You can read more about our VIP Members Area here:

      Thanks again for visiting us Michelle! Please let us know if you need any additional assistance at any time.

  2. Alex M says

    What about needing to wee??!
    When they wake at 5, they need to wee, just like the rest of us.
    Babies and kids instinctively don’t want to wet themselves, so they call out for help. I have a potty in my 20month old’s room. When she wakes, I pop her on, then she’s comfy to go back to sleep. I’ve done this since 2 weeks old. Otherwise I’m just training her to wee in the nappy. Hard habit to break

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Alex –
      Thanks for writing and for sharing how you help your little one! We’re glad that you found something that works well for your family, and hope other families find this helpful! Thanks again for your tips!

  3. Lauren Bernard says

    Help my 20 month old has been consistently waking up between 5 and 5:30 for months. We’ve tried letting her cry, feeding her but nothing seems to work. She takes one nap a day after lunch, and puts herself to sleep and goes to bed quickly.

    • Janelle Reid says

      Hi @Lauren Bernard, thanks for writing to us! I’m so sorry to hear you’ve been struggling with early waking. As the article mentions, it can often be a scheduling shift that needs to take place, but we all know how hard it can be to figure out what needs to change! Here is a link to a sample schedule for a toddler, and you can scroll down to see the “one nap” schedule:
      If you’ve tried all the tips the article explains and believe her schedule is fine (or are not sure what else to try) let us know. I think in that case you would most benefit from working one-on-one with our sleep consultants who can look at her whole sleep history and try to help. Here is a link to read about the different personalized services we offer:
      If you have any questions please feel free to contact us directly at conta[email protected]. Hang in there! I hope this helps point you in the right direction!

  4. Essie says

    Hi, I’m wondering if you could provide any insight. My three year old has been waking up at 6 after less than 9.5 hours of nighttime sleep (she usually falls asleep at 8:30 even if her bedtime is at 7:30). She’s obviously not getting enough rest bc She is incredibly grumpy in the morning. She takes a 1 hour nap in the afternoon. We keep her room very dark and have a sound machine. She usually wakes up after 7, but in the past week she has been waking up early. She doesn’t climb out of her crib, so that’s good, but we can’t get her until after 7 since we’re getting ready for work. Is this just a regression or phase, or do we need to make a change?

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Essie – Thank you for writing to us about your three year old! I am sorry to hear that she is not getting enough sleep right now! We know how brutal those early morning wakings can be, and you certainly want to do what you can to have a well-rested and not grumpy girl in the morning! With older toddlers, it’s all about setting limits and being consistent, so keep offering that earlier bedtime, and giving her that chance to fall back to sleep in the morning as you have been! Hopefully it passes quickly!
      If you find that you would like more help, you may want to consider our 5 Step Toddler Ebook.
      You can find out more about this EBook here:
      Good luck Essie!

  5. Caroline Lawrence says

    Hi my 3 year old son keeps waking at 5pm. He is clearly still tired as he is rubbing his eyes and by 11/12 he’s is normally very tired. We no longer have naps so just have rest time for an hour the go to bed about 7.30pm. We have tried earlier bedtime and later bedtime but he will still wake up around 5/6am.
    Any idea tips?

    Thanks caroline

    • Janelle Reid says

      Hi @Caroline, thanks for writing to us. I am sorry your toddler has been waking up so early! We have a free guide available for toddler sleep help that you may be interested in and can sign up to download here:
      If you read through the guide and it’s not specific enough for our situation, you may find our ebook on toddler sleep which goes more in depth helpful which you can read about here:
      I hope this helps!

  6. Nicci says

    My child is 2 yrs old and has been waking up between 4/5:00 every day this week. He also has gotten up in the middle of the night and whines a bit (Momma hold you). He goes down at 8 every night and has no issues going to sleep or fighting sleep at night or nap time. He is still in his crib with no issues. His nap is usually around 12:30 and he naps anywhere from 1.5-2 hours. Do we need to move up bedtime, shorten his nap?? Is this just a regression? His usual wake time is 6:15/6:30.