Veronica - posted on 06/30/2011 ( 9 moms have responded )
What time does your bedtime routine start? When do you finish: leave them alone in their crib/bassinet/bed? How many times do you have to get up in the middle of the night? How long do you soothe them when they do wake up? How often do they wake up during the week? My son is 14 months old and about 3 times a week, he wakes up in the middle of the night crying. It usually only takes a minute or two to calm him back down. I usually just check his diaper, head for fever, bend over, rub his back, legs and arms and shh him, put the pacifier back in his mouth, if it's not there already, and then lay him back down. Once in a while he can cry for an hour. By then I know he's teething or just plain going through a growth spurt. He falls sleep around 830pm. I've tried putting him down sooner, but he really loses it as he is totally awake. He starts rubbing his eyes around 745pm when I take him up to bed. Our bedtime routine lasts about 30 minutes (he wears a boots and bar brace for clubfoot); 45 minutes with a bath. Is my routine too long? I have a 3 month old and its the time I really get to spend alone with him. We put on his boots and bar, put on his night sack, change his diaper, brush his teeth, give medicine (he's teething all the time as he has 12 teeth already), read, "Guess How Much I Love You," and sing three lullabies with the last one being, "Over the Rainbow." Then I put him in his crib for the night. As for his naps, he used to take 2 naps--one at 11 and another at 2pm, but lately he has been taking only one at 1230pm. He used to be asleep by 9pm, but with only one nap, he's tired by 745pm. Any suggestions for improvement or is this normal. He has major separation anxiety. I took him to a doctor's appointment and let the nurse hold him during my weigh-in and he freaked even though the nurse was standing right next to me while holding him!