Liz - posted on 04/17/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )
I don't mean that a later bedtime works better in terms of your family's schedule and that your LO doesn't mind it... but does anyone else's LO actually sleep better with a later bedtime?
Ever since my son turned 7 months old, his whole routine has gone out the window. He developed separation anxiety, which is part of the problem, but he's also just more wakeful now.
His naps have regressed back to catnaps, and he was waking every 2 hours at night! So I took the conventional advice -- that he was overtired and needed an even earlier bedtime -- and started putting him to bed before 7pm (instead of 8:00ish). Well, all that made him do was wake EVERY SINGLE HOUR -- and despite not sleeping well, he was grinning and ready for the day at FIVE AM.
After a few nights of this, I was about to skip town and change my name... then I said screw Those Books, I'm putting this little punk to bed later. So I got him good and exhausted (and myself too), then put him to bed at 9:30pm. He didn't wake up until 3:00ish, nursed and slept until 5:00ish, then nursed on and off and dozed until 7:30! (We co-sleep.)
This isn't where we were in terms of sleeping -- believe it or not, before the time change, he slept 6pm-6am with only 2 wake-ups (I can hardly believe it myself) -- but it's way better.
What do you ladies think? Is it just a coincidence that he's sleeping better now? Is 9:30 too late of a bedtime for an infant?