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My 1-Year-Old Wakes Up Tired

Dear Heather,

My 12-month-old wakes up at 6 a.m. and seems like he's still tired. He's able to go back to sleep at 8:30 a.m. some days. What should I do? It seems like he's not sleeping enough.

Early riser,

Erin (via Facebook)

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Dear Erin,

Many babies and toddlers will wake up at the same time, no matter what time you put them to bed. So my first piece of advice is to put your toddler to bed at 7 p.m. If he wakes at 6 a.m., he's gotten 11 hours of sleep.

Often wake-up times get later as babies grow, so hopefully your toddler eventually starts to sleep in until 6:30 or 7 a.m. Make sure he's getting the opportunity to nap twice a day at his age, especially since he's showing you he needs more sleep and may only be able to make it until 9 a.m. before his first nap.

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Some days you may notice that he takes an extra long nap to make up for a little lost sleep, which is fine.

Sleep happy,


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