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Twins up at 4am:-(


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#1 Always amazed!

Posted 03 April 2012 - 05:18 AM

I'm lost for things to do:(
Before daylight saving the girls were up between 5-5:30 which was bad enough but now it's 4-4:30am
I'm tired!!!!

They go to bed at 7pm
They have 1 day sleep 1-3 hours
They are fed at 5pm with milk and a snack before bed
They are not cold

Nothing I do will help them sleep in later.
Staying up late ect:-(

Sorry Just a little vent. I can't wait till there lazy teenagers and I can sleep in!!!

#2 Guest_Buy Me A Pony !_*

Posted 03 April 2012 - 06:30 AM

I use the time to catch up on things that need organising before the day starts properly. I go for a walk if I can and get my lists ready for the day, have a long shower and get everyone else organised before they wake up. It's my quiet time. original.gif

#3 Carmen02

Posted 03 April 2012 - 06:36 AM

it becomes a really long day doesnt it!! my almost 10yr old is up real early, especially now its holidays she is up even earlier. For some reason my 17mth old DS thinks 5.30 is a great time lately

#4 LittleListen

Posted 03 April 2012 - 06:59 AM

Its not about getting them to sleep longer - 7pm - 4am is 9 hours which is pretty good really. You could try holding them up an hour later and see if that helps?

I'm an early riser - always have been. At 2 my parents bought me a clock and showed me how to read 7am. We were not allowed out of our rooms before then. We could play with anything and they often left out some toys and books in a basket for us in our rooms. At 7am we were allowed in to say good morning. We had that rule for years. I'm still an early riser (married to a night owl  rolleyes.gif and now I use the time to clean the house, put a load of washing on, read and exercise.

I crash out at 10pm, while DH doesn't come to bed til 2am and gets up at 9am every day. Our sleep patterns are similar but at different times.

Oh... lost my train of thought there, sorry OP - sleep is something I think a lot about!  Anyway my point was you are unlikely to be able to change the early rising thing, so maybe focus more on what they can and can't do in that time so you can get rest.

#5 overthehill

Posted 03 April 2012 - 07:01 AM

I feel your pain, both of my DS are early risers in fact DS1 woke up at 3.40am after changing the clocks one year mad.gif



I think over time they will go back towards 5.30 I would keep them up half an hour later because over about a week it could help, I know it doesn't if you do it once or twice.  I found that once they drop their sleep it changes a bit too.


With regards to getting things done, I can't function before 6am so I just lie on the sofa until I can find some energy to move!

#6 Mercurial

Posted 03 April 2012 - 07:05 AM

That's why cartoons start early in the morning  biggrin.gif

#7 Feral timtam

Posted 03 April 2012 - 07:05 AM

Have you tried blackout curtains and a white noise machine (to drown out bird noise)? We've had a bit of success with this, so it might be worth a try for you.

I'm an early riser by nature so my kids waking at ungodly hours doesn't bother me as I am usually awake anyway. Keeping the kids asleep a little longer is more for DH's benefit, as he has to be up at 4am for work on a weekday his weekend sleep ins are something he WON'T give up!

#8 EBeditor

Posted 03 April 2012 - 07:05 AM

How old are they? I would maybe limit there naps to 1 hr. I wouldn't put them to bed later as with my children it makes no difference - they just wake up at the same time, grumpy and tired.

#9 Chasing daisies

Posted 03 April 2012 - 07:06 AM

Is the bedroom dark?
Make sure you have reall heavy  curtains in her bedroom.

#10 a letter to Elise.

Posted 03 April 2012 - 07:13 AM

How old are they? Ds is 2.5, and we've recently taught him that he needs to go back to his room and play quietly or read books if it's dark when he looks at the window. It took sending him back to his room a few times for him to catch on, but now he waits till the sun is rising.

#11 pinkcupcakes

Posted 03 April 2012 - 07:22 AM

QUOTE (overthehill @ 03/04/2012, 07:01 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
With regards to getting things done, I can't function before 6am so I just lie on the sofa until I can find some energy to move!


this.. sometimes no matter what you try that is  just how the little ones are programmed. i have had a lot of sleep issues over the last couple of yrs with my  2.9 year old dd... these days ( and esp before ds comes along) she comes in and gets me up between 5.30 and 6am, and i do the toilet/snack/ drink thing for/with her, put her programs on, and i crash on the lounge. that way im there if she needs me but i can still get some rest. tthumbs.gif hope that helps.

#12 lozoodle

Posted 03 April 2012 - 07:31 AM

I actually found an EARLIER bedtime improved my kids' sleep. DD1 now goes to bed at 6pm, and DD2 goes to bed between 6.30 and 7.

Average wake up time is 6am, sometime slightly earlier because I am up at 5.30 getting ready for work and this sometimes wakes them.

Weekends we sometimes see 7am before they wake tthumbs.gif

I tried doing a later bedtime and that resulted in overtired kids who had really restless nights.

#13 Baroness Bubbles

Posted 03 April 2012 - 07:56 AM

Some kids a just wired that way. My DD is one of them. I have tried absolutely everything, including me getting up at 430-5 to cover her again when I though it was being cold.

It's come to the point that all I can do is go to bed earlier myself, and have a movie she likes ready to play on the DVD player in my room. I can doze a bot longer while she watches it in my bed.

And I was excited about the lazy teen stage too... When DD stayed at my mums place the other week (just after my op, I got a night off lol) I slept for 9 whole hours... And woke up feeling like I had a hangover!

#14 Always amazed!

Posted 03 April 2012 - 07:41 PM

Thanx everyone!

I think i am just going to have to ride it out:)

The girls are 2 in 2 weeks..
Its mainly 1 of my girls who when she wakes up shes awake and ready for the day.. My other lady would go back to sleep in bed with us or at least lay there for awile..

I acnt function so i normally give them breekie and pop the telly on
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That's why cartoons start early in the morning biggrin.gif

Cartoons font start till 6am! thats a whole hour and a half to fill!
:That's why cartoons start early in the morning biggrin.gif




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