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Sleep…my 6yo wakes up between 530am and 630am EVERYDAY. mostly close to 6am. Its very tiring….he is asleep by 8:30pm and in bed at 7:30pm. Is this wake time normal – one day last week it was 5am.


Posted by Jujubear79, 15th September 2020


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  • Yes, it’s absolutely normal. Mine are the same and it’s only this year that my oldest is starting to sleep in occasionally (sleep in is 7-7:30) but everyone else is still 5-6:00. It’s hard watching others talk about having to wake their kids in the morning, but atleast you know if you need to be up for something your little alarm clock has your back!


  • All kids are different! My daughter used to go to bed at 7pm and be up at 430am everyday! My son on the other hand sleeps until nearly 8 most days!


  • It doesn’t feel normal to me. Mind you, my kids are usually up by seven no matter when they go to bed. Can you encourage him to at least stay in bed till later? Maybe with a book?


  • As frustrating as it is, it is a challenge a lot of us have to deal with. You can help stretch out the time before you get woken up by proving him with a drink and ready made breakfast that he can get himself. At 6yo your son is very capable of following instructions so if you talk to him about being a bit more self-sufficient in the mornings you might score yourself some well needed sleep. I have also known some parents, other than to go to the toilet, tell their children that they need to stay in bed until the clock says a certain time.


  • Put to bed slightly later or figure out what’s waking them up early? Hunger, temperature, distraction or light in the room?


  • My 6 year old is the same. She has always been an early riser. Recently we put a grow clock in her room, and said she must stay in bed till at least 6am when the sun comes up on the clock, because anything before then is too early and she’ll be tired. It is seeming to work at the moment, and hopefully we can encourage her to stay longer, ideally 6:30am would be great.


  • It is normal. Is he able to play in his room or get himself breakfast? That may give you the extra hour or two needed. Maybe get a clock and and mark on it where the big hand has to be before he is allowed out of bed. He may just go back to sleep . Good luck.


  • This is definitely normal.My little girl did the same. But it changed time to time when they do more play time during the day.


  • Most kids seem to wake around this time but if you can get him to play quietly in his room it might be a win-win all round. My early risers don’t worry me as I have to get others off to work for 7am starts anyway.


  • All kids are different and some kids are just early risers. His bedtime sounds fine and personally I wouldn’t make it later as I believe it’ll be too late for a child his age.
    If he sleeps well thru the night which you said he does, then I’d be encouraging him to play quitely in his room until an acceptable time you set. Wether that be with a gro clock, or something else you decide – have an agreed time and a way for him to know that time.
    Ask he play in his room quietly, read books etc but not to wake others before your set time.
    You could also leave out some dry cereal or fruit or other breakfast if he’d be able to get it himself and not wake the rest of the house doing it!!

    I’m assuming here that he’s ok to be be in his room and able to play by himself. Some kids that age can’t, or would get distressed in which case totally different strategy would be needed.

    Also – he may be waking due to the sun/light. Is his room as dark as you can make it?
    If he’s waking at 6/6.30 then possibly the light is waking him and once awake he’s up & ready to go.
    Block out curtains or blinds could be something else to look into?

    Otherwise I’d say it’s completely normal and probably just one of those people who wake early!


  • Completely normal! Some kids are just early risers. My 6 year old wakes anytime from 3:30 onwards, but normally in the 4’s. He sleeps so solid during the night though and falls asleep within minutes. I’d be stoked if he slept in till 6! My 8 and 3 year old wake later, usually after 6 ????


  • I agree with the gro-time clock. I use it for my 6yr old too. But she has DS so a global developmental delay and doesn’t understand the concept. She just start calling me and is very loud; only option is to get her downstairs so that not everyone else is waking up.


  • You just need to teach him not to disturb you if he wakes up. Don’t despair it is pretty normal my kids wake up around 6am on weekends sometimes but we’ve taught them it’s not okay to wake mum and dad. Does he like books? Find some quiet activities he can amuse himself with when he first wakes. Maybe also some healthy snacks he could eat too and put them somewhere in the kitchen he can reach. My 7yr old now gets up and makes breakfast for herself and her brother.


  • Make bed time an hour later if you can and make a rule that they do not come to your bedroom that they play quiet in their bedroom and teach the clock hands have to be here and then you can come out and make a noise and not before..


  • Have you thought of having a gro-time clock? Where he can play in his room until it is yellow and then he can come out of his room?


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