When can kids wake up by themselves?
January 1, 2013 10:15 AM Subscribe
So what do you do when your young child wakes up in the morning?
posted by tylerkaraszewski to human relations (36 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
There's a lot of discussion online about how to get children to sleep through the night. That's not my problem. My daughter, now 16 months old, sleeps through the night pretty well most nights. The problem here is that "through the night" means roughly 8PM to 5:30AM. And then she wakes up, and it's dark out, and she starts crying until someone (me) comes to hang out with her.
I don't need to know how to get her to go back to sleep, she just slept 10 hours, she's not going to. What I'd like is for her to be able to entertain herself in the morning until someone comes to get her. She's pretty good at entertaining herself during the day, as long as someone's in the room with her. She's just been playing by herself here in the living room as I write this. I know she's still young, and so maybe it's to early for this, but how and when can I expect her to wake up without screaming for me? I honestly don't really care what she does for an hour in the morning as long as I can stay in bed. And yes, maybe this takes another year, but at least if I knew typical ages for this, I'd have some expectations.