All parents learn pretty fast that no matter how late a child goes to bed has no bearing on how early they wake up the next morning.
Asleep at 10pm? 6:45am wake up.
Asleep at midnight? Crack. Of. Dawn.
The extra layer of fun for parents on these early mornings is the need to consider other people, such as those (annoyingly) fast asleep in the house. And, if they live in high-density areas, the neighbours.
Because all parents also know that the earlier a child wakes up is in direct proportion to how much noise they want to make when they do.
So the Mamamia Podcast Network Facebook group asked parents how they manage the early morning noise last year….if it is something that needs to be managed at all?
Not all noise is equal
There’s a clear distinction between natural children’s noises, and kids shrieking their breakfast demands into megaphones handed to them by parents who don’t understand how megaphones work.
Tracey observed, “It depends on the kind of noise and what you can and can’t control. If my 4-year-old is having an early morning meltdown I can’t help what time that happens (though I can close the windows and hope for the best) but if he breaks out the recorder at 7am then the least I can do is take it off him until a more reasonable hour.”
Purdey commented, “We live in a complex of duplex’s & have a 15-month-old. Not much I can do about her crying in the middle of the night, but we try and keep the mornings quiet till 7am.”
Karly said, “One of our old neighbours kids used to practice his cricket skills with a swinging ball on their deck which was right outside our bedroom before 7 on weekends – this was before we had kids and was definitely unacceptable.”
The Glorious Mess discuss: How early is acceptable for kids to be loud? Post continues after audio.
Apartment vs house
Of course, the higher the density of living, the more consideration you may have to give your neighbours.
Natalie wrote, “We live on a quarter acre, so not too much of a problem. But, we adhere to the council noise restrictions times.”
Mariqua said, “I think definitely in an apartment/unit the rules change as your neighbours are so much closer & can hear more! I have a 5-month-old but my neighbors say they can’t hear him (I live in a house). I guess you could apply council loud noise restriction tones to children crying/making noise, haha. So not before 7am weekdays or 9am weekends?”