Morning Wake Up Time {Poll Discussion Post}

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The start time of your day can have more of an impact on the flow of your day than you might think. Let’s discuss this start to the day.


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1-What time does your child get up each day (whether you wake him up or he wakes on his own)?

2-How consistent are you with this wake up time each day? How many days a week would you say you usually have this be your start time?

3-What time is your child’s bedtime the night before?

4-Do you notice an impact on the day if wake up time is off? If so, what sort of impact?

5-Any comments on morning wake up time?

6-How old is your child?

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4 Comments

  1. Erin Hoffman
    March 22, 2017 / 6:03 PM

    1-What time does your child get up each day (whether you wake him up or he wakes on his own)?-My kiddo gets up at 6:30 on the weekdays (his dad and I both work outside of the home), and wakes up between 7:00 and 7:30 on the weekends. On the weekdays, I usually wake him up, or he's just stirring. On the weekends, he wakes himself up usually.2-How consistent are you with this wake up time each day? How many days a week would you say you usually have this be your start time?-We are very consistent due to work schedules on the weekdays. That's the time he has to get up so that we can get out of the door and to daycare and work on time. The weekends are a bit more free-flow, but we do have gymnastics on Saturday morning, so 'sleeping in' is relative!3-What time is your child's bedtime the night before?-Our kiddo goes to bed at 7:15 every night.4-Do you notice an impact on the day if wake up time is off? If so, what sort of impact?-No real impact. Usually, if he happens to wake early, there's a reason (light getting into the room, still weaning off the pacifier dependency). But he's a pretty happy boy no matter what.5-Any comments on morning wake up time?-Morning wake ups used to be a lot harder – especially when I wanted to sleep and the baby WAS sleeping. I just wanted to let us all have a late wake up. But it really was worth it to keep on the schedule. The routine is so much a part of our lives now that it really helps us avoid a lot of power struggles, grumpy wake ups, and frantic rushing around before work.6-How old is your child?-My kiddo is almost 2.5 years old. We've been doing a scheduled morning wake-up time since the first day we brought him home from the hospital.

  2. Leah C
    March 23, 2017 / 1:09 AM

    1-7:30 – (Sometimes as late as 8:00 though, if I'm moving really slowly in the morning.) :)2-It's 7:30 most mornings (especially if we have somewhere to go – i.e. church, grocery store, etc.). It's up to 15 minutes later 1 or 2 mornings a week, and up to 30 minutes later once or twice a month.3-We start her bedtime routine at 7:00, so she's in bed between 7:30 and 8:00. 7:45 is pretty typical.4-No. I mean, it's never outside of the 7:30-8:00 AM range, though. But I notice no difference whether I get her up at 7:30 or 8:00.5- Not really. I've been getting her up at 7:30 every morning since she was about 1.5 weeks old. I get up at 7:00 and eat breakfast before getting her up because that makes me a happier mommy. :)6-16 months.

  3. AllieK
    March 23, 2017 / 2:58 AM

    1-What time does your child get up each day (whether you wake him up or he wakes on his own)? 5yo – 5:30am wake up, 6am out of bed; 3yo – 6am wake & out of bed2-How consistent are you with this wake up time each day? How many days a week would you say you usually have this be your start time? 100% consistent, yes, even on weekends! :)3-What time is your child's bedtime the night before? 5yo – 7pm; 3yo – 6pm4-Do you notice an impact on the day if wake up time is off? If so, what sort of impact? Kids are more cranky, schedule is thrown off.5-Any comments on morning wake up time?Having a 100% consistent morning wake time was the key to sleep training success when my kids were babies! 6-How old is your child? 5 & 3 years old

  4. Valerie Plowman
    April 11, 2017 / 5:42 PM

    Thanks everyone for your comments!

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