Is Your Toddler An Early Riser?

by Sarah on May 13, 2013

Since officially becoming a toddler Dylan has developed a very exhausting habit. He is now what I guess is classed as an ‘early riser’. Gone are the days when we could guarantee he’d be snoozing till 7am…instead he’s up anywhere between 4.30am and 5.30am…5.45 if we’re really lucky! We’ve blamed the birds nesting in our eve’s, teething, sunrise (despite his room now being pitch black thanks to two blackout blinds) and we’ve done our best to remedy it. We’ve altered his bedtime – putting him down earlier at times and later…but neither seem to affect the hour he rises…


And we’ve tried altering his naps. Experimenting with dropping his morning nap and letting him sleep and sleep as long and often as he wants, but neither seem to change his new start to the day. And despite settling himself to sleep most evenings, he gets quite fraught if he’s left for more than an instant in the morning.

So it seems after only a month or so’s break from our bed – he’s now back in it most mornings and that’s fine (we love our family cuddles) but unfortunately he rarely goes back to sleep – instead he uses our headboard to bounce until we make our way downstairs where he jumps straight on the trampoline! The boy has boundless energy.

Anyone else finding they’re starting their day at dawn?

Love (a very sleepy) Sarah xxx

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Amry May 13, 2013 at 9:33 am

Oh man, those early starts seem to affect the whole rest of the day! Hope it’s a short lived phase for you all & you manage to sneak a cat nap in somewhere! Bring on those lazy lay in teenage years already, right?! xxx


Sarah May 13, 2013 at 8:40 pm

It’s fine at weekends as we just get up with him and all pile back into bed at 8am for a family nap….but midweek is a killer – feels like we’ve done a full day by noon! xx


Sam May 14, 2013 at 9:57 am

Sarah, I can’t explain how similar our morning’s are. Our little one is exactly the same. He has always been an early riser and now at 23 months old he normally he wakes between 5 – 6am.

It is truly exhausting. We too have tried everything. Swapped his bottle for a cup, we only let him sleep an hour in the afternoon, black out blinds, toys in the cot etc etc. Nothing has made any dramatic difference so far. One thing which helped and certainly improved his moods in the morning was taking him to see a cranial osteopath. He now wakes up happy at least! For a short time after taking him to see the osteopath he woke up at 6.30 for about 3 weeks. We are taking him again! x


Sarah May 14, 2013 at 10:33 am

Oh Sam, it’s so good to hear from you – thank you for sharing this with us! Having now seen your blog & knowing this I totally get your twitter id! It’s just so exhausting…how have you coped for so long?

I’ve been wondering about taking Dylan to a cranial osteopath as it’s been mentioned to be before due to his difficual birth (ventouse) and the fact he holds his head a lot when tired. I would be very happy if he woke up happy – even if it was 5am…it’s the fact he’s inconsolable every morning that we find really distressing – irrespective of how much sleep he’s had.

Really nice to connect. My co-blogger Amry is a Surrey Mum too…& I’ll be heading up to hears for Britmums soon, so perhaps we might run into each other then if you’re going? Maybe they could schedule a group nap for us all? xx


Sam May 14, 2013 at 11:07 am

Ah, Sarah I know. It is tough! Strangely you do get used to it – with a well planned nap here and there! I am going to Britmums. Would love to meet up with you both there. Wine then a group nap sounds good to me. :)

We went to a really wonderful osteopath in Clapham who was recommend to us by friends with twins who are also early risers. He is honestly amazing. My little man had a similar birth to Dylan. Sure there are loads but would be happy to give you his details. xx


Sarah May 15, 2013 at 1:55 pm

Thanks Sam, well I have to say – we seem to get a lot of chores done now – thanks to the extra couple of hours in the day! Amry and I will keep our eyes and ears peeled for you at Britmums – or will send you a shout-out via twitter – it will be so lovely to meet blogging friends!

I’ve managed to book Dylan in with an osteopth tomorrow – a friend recommended her but thank you so much for offering those details! xxx


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