My 18 month old has started waking up progressively earlier every morning for the past couple of weeks. It used to be that he would wake up between 6am-7am, which was no problem because I would wake up at 5:30am to walk the dogs. If he woke before 6am, I'd give him some milk, change his diaper, and lay him back down, and usually he'd be asleep or quiet in his crib for at least another 30 minutes.
Now, however, I am at the point where he is waking up at ~4:45am. I try the same approach, and if I am lucky he will be okay until 5:15am. This is starting to wear on me, and also I can't really walk the dogs in the early morning now.
The only impact on him has been that sometimes he wants to nap in the morning instead of the afternoon, and ends up a little more tired throughout the day (nothing major though).
The weird thing is that he is SUPER consistent about what time he wants to go to bed (6:30pm). This time hasn't changed in months. Should I make him stay up later than he wants to in the hopes that he will sleep in later? I don't really think ignoring him when he wakes up early would work, and it's not terribly consistent with our parenting style anyway (right now I tend to ignore him if I just hear him talking to himself...I attend to him once he gets upset...which is like 4:45am...). Any ideas?