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How do I get my kids (3&1) to sleep past 5/5.30am? Too. Bloody. Early. Thanks.

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Guest147 
Yikes. My sister had this problem for ages with her now 2.5yo and was advised to look at what her daughter was getting when she woke up that early - cuddles in parents' bed? Breakfast straight away? iPad time while parents try desperately to wake up and inject coffee into their veins? Basically if she was getting something that might be an incentive not to stay in bed then they should remove whatever that was. So then it was straight downstairs for independent play followed by breakfast but NOT immediately. Just sharing as it seemed quite logical to me! Really hope it's useful, or someone else's answer is! Good luck.
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Guest147 
Yikes. My sister had this problem for ages with her now 2.5yo and was advised to look at what her daughter was getting when she woke up that early - cuddles in parents' bed? Breakfast straight away? iPad time while parents try desperately to wake up and inject coffee into their veins? Basically if she was getting something that might be an incentive not to stay in bed then they should remove whatever that was. So then it was straight downstairs for independent play followed by breakfast but NOT immediately. Just sharing as it seemed quite logical to me! Really hope it's useful, or someone else's answer is! Good luck.
Ems1985 
Have you tried a groclock and reward for staying in bed until u get them? Could give them one or two things to do quietly in bed (read a book for example) if they wake before u?
TheParentandBabyCoach 
For a one year old, early morning waking is more likely related to overtiredness. How much sleep is your one year old having during the day? Try an earlier bedtime, it goes against what you might normally think (eg keep them up and they sleep longer), but actually putting them down much earlier is often more helpful. Early morning waking if overtired is caused by a peak in the hormones. For a three year old, its very much about rewarding and motivating to stay in bed. Invest in a gro-clock, set up a reward system, explain it to your child and then carry through and be CONSISTENT with it. Its hard, but there is no reason why a 3 year old cant learn to sit quietly and wait/better yet sleep until the "sun come out".

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