Posted by Sue on June 20, 2003 at 09:29:13:
In Reply to: Is this sensible? posted by Steve on June 20, 2003 at 09:21:12:
: We're still struggling with my daughter, who seems to want to wake up earlier every morning. She's obviously still tired (she starts to fall asleep while my wife is nursing her downstairs) but refuses to go back to sleep for any significant amount of time. She's been waking up around 5:30am (the 5:50 thing stopped by the way) and we're trying to find ways to keep her asleep or at least in bed until 6 or (preferably) 6:30. The only thing we know to do is go in, give her some toys and her sippy, and let her cry until 6am if she doesn't go back to sleep. Is that a bad way to handle it? On the one hand, maybe it will convince her that if we don't stay in her room with her it's not time to get up. On the other hand it seems like it just teaches her that if she cries long enough we'll eventually come get her.
If our son wakes up after 5 but before 6 we don't get him from his room for a while. For that same reason we don't want him to get into a bad habit. Sometimes he'll play and sometimes he'll fuss. In the sleep book I read it said not to get them out of bed until after 6 but no later than 7. But if he was asleep at 7, I would be a fool to wake him. Even if she wants to be an early riser and wake up at 5:30, if you are constant about not getting her until 6-6:30 she'll eventually figutre that out. Just like any other sleep related issue you have to be consistant and not give in.