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How can I get my baby to sleep in a little?

My 7 month old (almost 8 months soon) has been waking up daily at 5am (yuck). It wouldn't be completely awful if he also wasn't waking up for a 2am feeding and also is up another once or twice because the pacifier fell out of his mouth or something. Any ideas to get him to sleep in? I'd be happy for him to sleep in at least until 6. I try offering him a bottle/check his diaper and his room is pitch black - I have those room darkening shades. He is just up and ready to face the world at 5am but I am not!!

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fragiletearz fragiletearz 8 years 8 weeks
LOL 5 kids, I wasn't breast fed maybe thats why I can't count! DOH!
fragiletearz fragiletearz 8 years 8 weeks
I have 2 kids ages 3 and 8 months and my sister in law has 4 kids 9, 7, 5, 2 and 7 months. who have ALL been schedule babies, All have been breastfed, No milk problems, no early weaning, not one biter and ALL have thrived.
wynter wynter 8 years 9 weeks
I'm still trying to figure this out for my 4 and 6 year olds, lol Neither one of them are great sleepers. Jake had today off from school (staff development day), and I was really hoping to sleep in today. They had me up at 5:30 this morning. :bored: I can't wait for hubby to wake up (he has the day off too) so I can get a nap.
RobinFabulous RobinFabulous 8 years 9 weeks
Not yelling but not all babies can be scheduled. I've got three and each was different from the others. And jftr scheduling a breastfed baby can lead to a lot of problems, like poor milk supply, early weaning, biting, and failure to thrive.
fragiletearz fragiletearz 8 years 9 weeks
NO ONE YELL AT ME PLEASE! Get the baby on a schedule....Breastfeeding or not he should be eating every 3-3 1/2 hours, feed him when he wakes up, not when you put him to sleep (with the exception of the bedtime feeding). Get him on a schedule and I can guarantee he will sleep through the night and even in till at least 7 am. I have an 8 month old Breast fed baby boy. He goes to be at about 7:30-8 and wakes up at 7 every day (around 7 sometimes tiny bit earlier sometimes a bit later.
bluesuze bluesuze 8 years 9 weeks
^karma, sounds like you have a very light sleeper! With my older son, we started using a white noise machine, and he slept great at naptime and at night after that. If you have one around the house you can give it a try!
karmasabitch karmasabitch 8 years 9 weeks
Ugh.. if you find out let me know :OY: If Elijah doesn't start napping I'm going to go NUTS!!!!!!! :RANT: I get him to sleep for a nap almost every day and then as soon as I get out of bed (he wont even think about falling asleep if I'm not laying in bed next to him reading a book) and walk to the door he wakes up at the FIRST noise he hears.. creaking floor or door or whateva :OY: It drives me :RANT: Basically he'll only sleep *lately* if I'm next to him :RANT:
RobinFabulous RobinFabulous 8 years 9 weeks
It could be a growth spurt. Or teething. What time does he go to sleep? Some kids just need less sleep. My middle child wakes up every day at 7 am. EVERY SINGLE DAY. I consider it a blessing if he sleeps until 7:30 on weekends.
bluesuze bluesuze 8 years 9 weeks
Oh yeah, and you're right. I did read that if you put them to bed late and they're overly tired, that screws them up and they wake up earlier. We usually put him down to sleep around 8. I may try putting him down 7:30 tonight and see what happens!
bluesuze bluesuze 8 years 9 weeks
Hello. My son currently takes two naps during the day. The first around 9am to 10:30am and a second around 2pm. And, I would LOVE to take a nap when he does! But I've got a crazy little 3 year old running around, so that's out. I had to laugh, rubialala, because my husband and I do the same thing on Saturdays as you. We take turns sleeping in. It's great! It's just too bad that I have to wait 2 weeks to get a good night's sleep in! JennyJen - He falls asleep with the binky in everytime. It does fall out while he's sleeping. If he wakes up we just stick it in his mouth, but I suspect lately he might be waking up more because he's teething. He just got his 3rd tooth and he's drooling like crazy so I suspect another one's coming. Thanks for your suggestions you guys! Now to get some coffee...
JennyJen2 JennyJen2 8 years 9 weeks
Do you go in everytime the pacifier drops out of his mouth? I have a binky baby and she just turned one and a few months back I gave up with the running in to replace the bink when it falls out. The first few nights we had real issues with her crying, but after about 5 minutes she soothed herself. Now when she drops it out of the crib we still hear a little whimper, but she can soothe herself even quicker now.
rubialala rubialala 8 years 9 weeks
Oh, bluesuze, I'm so sorry for what I am about to tell you. Of course, all babies are different, so this may absolutely not apply. Our son (who is now 4 1/2) has always been an early riser. I have asked the doctors, read books, researched on the internet, etc., and all sources have the same answer - this is how some kids are wired. He gets up at 6 a.m. every day. EVERY day. I tried putting him to bed later, but that can actually make it worse. If kids are over tired, they don't sleep as well and can actually wake up even EARLIER. If you think this might be the case - that he is overly tired, then try putting him to bed 30 minutes earlier and see what happens. If he gets up at 4:30, well, then don't do that again! Having said that, 5 a.m. seems a little early to me. There are some things that you can do since he is so young. Is he taking two naps still? Maybe it's time to switch to one long nap in the middle of the day and an earlier bedtime. He probably needs about 14 hours of sleep and should be getting around 11 at night. So maybe he gets up at 5 (for now), you put him down for a nap at 11 a.m. and he sleeps until 2 p.m., put him in bed at 7:30, and he could potentially sleep until 6:30. Also, if he's getting up for a feeding, maybe try changing his diaper at that time. If he's really wet at 5 a.m. and that's waking him up, he might have a hard time going back to sleep if he thinks he feels rested. Also, I notice a change in the weather. My son sleeps later in the winter than he does in the summer. I don't know why, but I'm not about to complain! Your son is obviously too young for this, but as he gets older, you can get him a digital clock (we have a cute CARS clock) and teach him that although he might be awake at a certain time, he cannot come out of his room until the clock's first number is "6" - that's the rule in our house. And it works. Until things change, some things you can do for now: are you a stay at home mom? If so, NAP WHEN HE NAPS!!! I don't care how much of a waste of time it seems like or how tired you might not feel. Do it. Also, you can go to bed earlier. As for the weekends, my husband and I take turns getting up on Saturdays - he'll do it one Saturday and I'll do it the next. That way one of us gets to sleep in. I am so sorry that this is happening, I totally remember what it was like. Good luck. :HUG: