Our big boy used to be a great sleeper. He slept through the night at 3 months and I never had to worry that he would wake up between 7 am and 7 pm most of his life. It all changed when he became potty trained. Now he wakes up to go to the bathroom sometimes once in the middle of the night and every morning around 6:15. Then he is ready to get up. Sometimes he yells "wake up Austin" or "Momma, Daddy, sun's up!" when he gets back in bed.
This house doesn't open until 7.
6:15 and earlier are not acceptable to this tired momma. Problem is our big boy shares a room with his sleeping little brother. We have tried all the strategies to get him to stay quiet, and this morning one worked. As I put him back in bed at 6:15, I looked him in the eye and told him to be a good boy and play quietly in his bunk bed or he would have to go sleep in the baby crib. The threat worked and he was quiet until Austin woke up. He was very proud that he was quiet. Positive reinforcement really works with him too. Hopefully this lasts because we have six months to get our big boy sleeping like he used to before we are waken up by a little newborn baby!