My 14 month old has been waking up between 5-6 am every morning for the past couple of months. Desired wake up is 7am. His bedtime is 7-7:30pm, and he goes to sleep fine on his own in his crib. He typically wakes 1 or 2 times per night but goes right back to sleep, either on his own or with a quick visit (less than 30s) to replace his pacifier. But at 5:30am, the only way to keep him quiet is to put him in bed with us. Sometimes he passes out again immediately, but he often sleeps fitfully with lots of moving/crying/waking until 7am.
He is between 1-2 naps per day. He usually goes down around 11:30 or 12 and sleeps for 1-2 hours. Occasionally, he goes down for a nap earlier in the morning (10 or 10:30). If he naps an hour or less, we will try to get him down again around 3:30-4, but the second nap isn't always successful.
Some quick comments about the pacifier: he is an addict and will happily have it in his mouth most of the time if given the option, but he does well without it during the day (as long as he doesn't see it). It is definitely part of the nap and bedtime routine, and it's difficult to get him down without it (unless he occasionally falls asleep while still being held for his bedtime story). It's remarkably effective during the day and even at night (except early morning), but I'm wondering if it's part of the problem at this point.
My questions are:
1. How do we keep him quiet in his crib until 7am?
2. How can we eliminate the 1-2 wake-ups per night?
3. Is the pacifier helping or hurting?