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Old 01.11.2011, 21:01
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Baby didn't switch to winter time - help!

I have a 6 months old daughter, who is pretty regular in her night time sleeping habits: going to sleep at 8pm and waking up around 7am (with 1-2 short feedings during the night).

Problem is, she didn't changed her pattern to follow winter time... She now falls asleep around 7 pm and wake up at 6am

She's still waking up 1-2 times at night, I need to sleep! I'm exhausted, and one hour in the morning makes a huge difference...

Any idea how to help her adapt? I tried keeping her awake later in the evening, but except making her terribly cranky it didn't change anything to her early morning rise...
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Old 01.11.2011, 21:15
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Re: Baby didn't switch to winter time - help!

Mine didn't sleep for the first 9 months so I don't have any brilliance to offer but it does help to shift the routine ever so slightly by 10 minutes if there's some resistance. Clearly the daylight savings guy didn't have kids or at least wasn't responsible for them....

Fortunately, my 4yo is a trooper nowadays and I can just give her a nice warm bath, read a book and she's out like a light until 7am, no matter when I put her to bed. If she does'nt catch on soon, you at least have something to look forward to I hope (small consolation for the sleep deprived, I know)
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Re: Baby didn't switch to winter time - help!

Hi there, I am in the same position.

On Sunday evening we put our little girl to bed an hour early as she was very cranky and rubbing her eyes a lot. She woke up at 4am for a feed and then went back to sleep for a few hours waking up once or twice but she had a longer than usual lie in (what a bonus that was!).

Since then I have just been putting her to bed say about 20-30mins before her normal time and she is slowly adjusting.

Isn't it difficult, no-one tells you about these things right?!
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Re: Baby didn't switch to winter time - help!

We keep ours up a bit later the night before to really tire them out and this way he sleeps on about an extra 30 mins etc in the morning, and then gradually over the rest of the week you just about slip into the new hour.
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We keep ours up a bit later the night before to really tire them out and this way he sleeps on about an extra 30 mins etc in the morning, and then gradually over the rest of the week you just about slip into the new hour.
This works perfectly well with my 4 yo, but my baby seems to follow the sun: it's rising, so she does

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Re: Baby didn't switch to winter time - help!

Melusine, it takes a week for them to adjust. Same with old people.
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This works perfectly well with my 4 yo, but my baby seems to follow the sun: it's rising, so she does

P.S.: I love your avatar pic it's so cute!
Black out blinds/curtain lining? Pitch black. Really pitch black. We have shutters but still have blackout linings on the curtains because they let light in through little gaps. Failing that .. I have no more ideas! The sun will rise later and later soon ...

(PS thanks re the avatar .. he's 3.5 now but loves eating pumpking still (minus the skin ..))
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Re: Baby didn't switch to winter time - help!

A baby at 6 months doesn't need night feeds especially as this when they should have started the weaning process, or may be fully weaned (depending on the baby and what your pediatrician advised).
If your baby is getting 3 feeds of solids per day and all of her milk feeds, offer her some cooled boiled water when she wakes up at night. Do it in the dark with no talking and with minimal fuss.

With regards the early waking, as previously mentioned, move her sleep time by 15-20 min every 3 nights.

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I have a 6 months old daughter, who is pretty regular in her night time sleeping habits: going to sleep at 8pm and waking up around 7am (with 1-2 short feedings during the night).

Problem is, she didn't changed her pattern to follow winter time... She now falls asleep around 7 pm and wake up at 6am

She's still waking up 1-2 times at night, I need to sleep! I'm exhausted, and one hour in the morning makes a huge difference...

Any idea how to help her adapt? I tried keeping her awake later in the evening, but except making her terribly cranky it didn't change anything to her early morning rise...
Firstly, it sounds like you only have one child. Congratulations on getting so much sleep!
Wait until you have 3... I am slowing getting them into sync when going to sleep and waking up. They are all now in the same room and the older ones no longer wake when the baby screams. My son used to wake up earlier and run to me saying 'When is breakfast Mummy?' So we put in place he cannot get out of bed until our alarm clock (set to radio) goes off. My daughter is opposite and sleeps in. Back to your issue though.

She is a baby... so take baby steps. Make this change 15min or so per day. Also the nightly feeds might drop off soon with the introduction of solid foods. Uninterupted sleep is the best!

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Re: Baby didn't switch to winter time - help!

If its any consolation my cat didnt change either.
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Firstly, it sounds like you only have one child. Congratulations on getting so much sleep!
Mélusine has two children. That she manages to get so much sleep makes her Supermum (although she does not feel like it ...

Actually maybe Meisie has a point; that the baby wakes up for two short feeds sounds rather more like her really enjoying those nighttime snuggle feeds rather than actually needing the food. Nothing wrong with that, but if it is making you tired (and it made me tired when this was still going on with ours at 9 months) then perhaps you should try the boiled water route? I have to confess I went cold turkey on both of ours at 9 months and within a couple of days, they stopped trying to wake for a feed .. but that's rather drastic and I only had the strength to do it because I was so dreadfully tired.
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Re: Baby didn't switch to winter time - help!

I had the same problem with my 7 month old. luckily the first day she got up half an hour later than her usual time.

what i have stuck to and it seems to be working is giving her food at her usual hours .. so if she had her bkfst at 8 am .. the first day i gave her her breakfast at 8 am of the adjusted hour and then subsequently lunch , snack and dinner times were adjusted.. The first 2 days she did rub her eyes and was very sleepy and cranky at her usual 8 pm dinner time (which was her 9 pm sleeping time) .. But i managed to distract and feed her dinner by playing some nursery rhymes on youtube She is now slowly getting the hang of it

Best of luck with your lil one.
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Re: Baby didn't switch to winter time - help!

I'm still breastfeeding and intend to go on for quite a while.

It's probably laziness from me, but it's terribly practical to vaguely open one eye to put her at the breast, sleep through the feeding and then put her back to bed... At the moment I'm not sure I have the energy to fight to convince her she doesn't need milk...
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I'm still breastfeeding and intend to go on for quite a while.

It's probably laziness from me, but it's terribly practical to vaguely open one eye to put her at the breast, sleep through the feeding and then put her back to bed... At the moment I'm not sure I have the energy to fight to convince her she doesn't need milk...
Even with breastfeeding, your baby doesn't need those feeds at night.
(congrats on being able to breastfeed this long! Super stuff!)

I know how you feel though, you're just too exhausted to still have to try and get your baby to realize that bed time excludes feeding time. I take my hat off to women who have tones of babies because they love them. As much as I love babies, the exhaustion is just too much.
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I'm still breastfeeding and intend to go on for quite a while.

It's probably laziness from me, but it's terribly practical to vaguely open one eye to put her at the breast, sleep through the feeding and then put her back to bed... At the moment I'm not sure I have the energy to fight to convince her she doesn't need milk...
What you are doing is perfectly normal and at only six months, many babies do still need a feed or two during the night. Their stomachs are tiny and can't hold much milk at each feed, as well as breast fed babies digesting the food faster and therefore having an emptied tummy, sooner.

As well, by doing the night feed, you are continuing to get the stimulation needed to have your milk supply increase and adapt to meet the needs of a growing baby.

Regarding the time change, I agree that taking it slowly is likely to work best - at least a week could be needed. If you think that daylight is triggering the wakeup time, then go with the option of keeping the bedroom very dark ( I know I sleep longer and deeper in a very dark room too. )
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Re: Baby didn't switch to winter time - help!

You are not alone Mini mimi is exactly the same and whilst I love her renditions of "I love you baaaby" and other classic hits, I'd prefer not to hear them at 5am

Saying that, today is the first morning she seemed to stick to her normal routine. Either that or I'm so shattered that I slept through her racket
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Re: Baby didn't switch to winter time - help!

I have had the same problem since sunday morning but this morning he woke up at 6.15 (instead of his usual 7.15 as before the clock change) came into bed for a cuddle and feed, tossed and turned for about 40 mins trying to get back to sleep and is now sound a sleep in my bed at 8.15am! I am now worried he's going to mess his body clock up the other way but the peace is nice so I may leave him a while longer
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Re: Baby didn't switch to winter time - help!

oh dear... I wonder how people who travel with their babies across time zones cope!
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Re: Baby didn't switch to winter time - help!

I have a similar problem. Baby boy 6 months old is waking up every morning at 5am since the time change. We have kept his usual bed time of around 7pm but even still he is waking at 5am which was previously 6.30/7am.
He is on solids and sleeps right through- so not complaining, but this early waking is a bit tough. The first morning I tried to ignore it and he babbled and shrieked loudly to himself and I hoped he would fall asleep again but he didn't and took him out of his cot at around 6.15am. The second morning bought him into bed with us at 05.20 am but he was wide awake no chance of his sleeping again. This morning, I popped his dummy back in and left him after around 40 min he fell asleep for 1 hour. Hmmm I really hope he returns to his waking at 6.30/7am and not make 05.00am a habit.
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Re: Baby didn't switch to winter time - help!

My 6 months old son has the same problem. He sleeps through the night since he is two months.

And it has been 2-3 nights he wakes up very hungry. And he wakes up at 5h30, 6h am.

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