how do you set a bedtime?

Laurel - posted on 12/11/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My little girl is a night owl. Thank god she finally started to sleep the longest stretch at night, but she doesn't like to go to bed until at least 11 o'clock. Sometimes its as late as 1 or 2, but she will still wake up pretty early. I really want her to go down earlier. I don't even like to go to sleep that late, and it would be nice to eventually have a little time at night with my fiance, but I would settle for a bedtime that is not way past when I want to be in bed. Anyone else have this problem? Any ideas on how to get her to go to bed earlier?

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Karen - posted on 12/14/2009

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The main key is to be consistent. When she started to show signs of being tired, I would sit in her dark bedroom, rocking her to sleep. Every night I would do that at the same time. She was very fussy, and fought it the first several times. But eventually she associated a dark room with bed time and has been sleeping successfully through the night since 2 months old. It will get really frustrating for you in the beginning but stick with it and it will happen. Good luck and let me know how it goes.

Tiffany - posted on 12/14/2009

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The way I set my daughters bedtime is I would let her nap through the day some but every night at 7 I would give her her bath and feed her then I would lay her down with cartoons on eventually she got used to it now she is ready every night at that time to go to bed.

Megan - posted on 12/12/2009

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My little guy is the same way. I am a stay at home mom so it doesn't bother me that much and is probably a little my fault because I am a night owl. He usually stays us til 10 or 11 every once in awhile it is later but rarely. My husband works pretty late also so if he is sleeping and wakes up I don't try to get him back to sleep right away so his daddy can see him. But when Dayton does go to bed he will usually sleep until 7 or so but lately has been waking up for a 3 am feeding...lol..he's killing me because I am so tired at that time! :) when he wakes up at 7 he will go back to sleep til 10 or so.

Yes try shorter naps and fewer naps. She might be crabby at first but she will get better. When my daughter was a baby she went to bed at 9 and I worked then so I was still okay with it. Sometimes her Grandma (babysitter) would let her take a long nap and a couple of them and I would always know because it was hard to get her to sleep. So we fixed that and had a time limit and a limit on how many.

I do notice to with my son that if he is sleeping and he hears a lot going on outside of the room he is sleeping in he will wake up. I swear he can smell me or something too. He sleeps in our bedroom in his swing and most the time if I am not in there sleeping he will be sleeping and then wake up....I laugh because it is almost every time I am not in there!
Suggestions...like I said shorter and less naps, try to make night time quiet and with very little going on (tv off, lights off, ect...) this may help! Try making her last nap and the time she goes to bed the longest in between of time that she sleeps. Also when she takes a bath do night time baths because that makes them tired also.!

My little guy is taking longer naps right now...and hour or longer and 3 or 4 a day....But I think he is growing because he usually takes 3 or 4 naps a day and they are a half hour tops and maybe one that is an hour or so.

Hope this helps!

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keep her awake more during the day. little catnaps here and there are ok, but try to keep her awake as much as possible. about an hour before you want to put her down give her a bath and maybe a small bottle.

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