sleeping routine

Kylie - posted on 09/01/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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hi my son is 14months & his sleeping routine is just all over the place. any ideas on what sort of routine i should have him in would be great. eg how many sleeps during the day & whats a good bed time? his my 1st. but any help - ideas would be so GREAT!!!

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Tina - posted on 09/09/2009

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My 14 month old gets up around 8 am everyday, nap around 1130-12 o'clock up around 2 then to bed around 8-9 pm. He will sleep for about 3 hours then get up and down for the next several hours. He seems to sleep better on the nights that I work (I work 2 12 hr nights per wk right now) because he co-beds with his dad. He loves the snuggle time. I also find that if he gets up in the night and I just let him sleep with me rather than put him back to bed, he will sleep better. As long as you try to stay consistant with a bed time routine (bath, story, bed, etc.), your son will eventually settle into a routine that he is comfortable with. Hang in there, this time will be gone before you know it.

Erin - posted on 09/09/2009

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My daughter is a little hurricane I think! She has a bath, bottle and bed around 8:30-9 (I know we need to cut the bottle, on my to-do list!), then lately she is up between 12am-1:30 and is sometimes up for 3 hours in the night fighting with us to not go back to sleep. But it's not like she is even awake - she balls with her eyes closed just fighting and rolling around. What to do??!? I lose a little piece of my sanity every night! Usually she is up between 7 and 8 am and it seems to be getting earlier and earlier - this morning it was 6!

I don't know what to do - she used to just take a bottle and go back to bed, but now that doesn't even work. Any ideas?

Amber - posted on 09/09/2009

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My little one wakes around 7 and goes down for a nap at 11:30 and wakes from nap at 1:30. She goes to bed between 8-9 pm and may wak once in the night for a binky but thats about it. She has been on this schedule since June.

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With my little one she gets 12 hours sleep at night sometime a little more, and we're working on adjusting her nap schedule. She used to be up at 8 and then back down for a hours or so nap between 9-930 then down for her last nap at 2 and up between 4 430. Now she's finding out she doesn't need the 2 naps so we're just playing with what time to get her down, for the most part we've found that if she goes down between 11-12 she sleeps right till 330 and all is good to go, however other days she still wants that quick morning one. I hope this was helpful, you really just have to move things around until you find something that works for you.

Kylie - posted on 09/07/2009

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yep that is pretty much the same routine we have. when you say up 2bed with a story do you put your bub in cot &read &he goes 2sleep? i wish i could do that. im still having 2hold him in my arms with a bottle which always turns into a fight 2get him 2sleep.

Anne - posted on 09/03/2009

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Hi Kylie, every baby is different and I'm sure you're not doing anything wrong! My 14.5 month old still has 2 naps during the day.
Up around 5:30/6:00 (aagghhh!); has a nap for approx 1 - 1.5 hours at around 9:30/10:00. Has another nap around 2:30/3:00 for 1.5ish hours. Goes to bed around 7:30pm.
As hard as I try he just doesn't seem to want to sleep past 6:00am. Occasionally he'll wake up at 6:30am but it's a rarity.
I'm sure my little one will go to 1 nap a day soon but only when he's ready. He just can't seem to hang out until 12:00ish yet so at the moment he still needs 2 naps.
I find 7:30pm a good bed time for me. Dinner at 5:30; bit of a play; bath around 6:30; milk in sippy cup around 7:00pm and upstairs for a story by 7:30pm. Have had a very similar routine now since about 6 months and it works for us. :)

Louise - posted on 09/02/2009

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Hiya Kylie,

My 13 month old son has been sleeping all night from the age of 4months... I make sure he eats well throughout the day and has set nap times, (a routine). He'll wake up at 7/8, sometimes 5/6 a.m, have his breakfast, brush teeth, bath, have a bottlee then go down for a nap by 9a.m/10. He'll usually sleep till 12 midday, depending on the time he went down. He then has lunch an activity with play, then has another nap at half 1 til 3. He then has supper at 4p.m and gets pj's on brush teeth and bottle of milk by 6 p.m. Sleeps all night. My 2 other children have also taken to this pattern wonderfully. My 4 yr old daughter's routine was very similar, my 11week old baby also sleeps through the night, and has done since 4weeks old. I'd say perserverence is a must, and almost a touch of tough love, u know whats best for him, he may challenge u, as he don't want it that way, but when he realises how much more content he is, you'll never look back. It is very wise and helpful if you set a routine that ur life style can work with, and to have your little one in a structurered healthy routine, before any siblings come! lol. It'll give you time and space to share you evenly with both your son and new addition, without anyone feeling left out. Easing the inevitable slight jealously, that may or may not arise.



Hope you hearing my families routine and pattern helped. I know it can be difficult, especially as your son is now 14 months old. My sister is also having this problem with my 10 month old nephew, however she has me in her ear 24/7 telling her she must set the routine. LOL



All the best, GOOD LUCK.

Louise

Kristy - posted on 09/02/2009

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theres no such thing as over sleeping a child, i think your just one of the lucky ones.

my son sleeps (if i'm lucky) for a total of 8 hours a day that includes night as well, even when he was a newborn. so just go with it, he'll set his own routine, some kids need it more than others.

Kylie - posted on 09/02/2009

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Quoting Angela:

hi Kylie, in my house, my little girl goes to bed b/w 8:15-8:45pm and gets up around 7-7:30am. She only has the one sleep during the day and it tends to be around 12:30-1pm. Her nap can go from 1.5 hours to 3. I make sure she's up before 4pm so she isn't full of beans when its bedtime lol.



thank u so much Anglea i think ive been over sleeping my little boy way 2much. after reading your msg & another msg from another lady ive been way off. as jayden would be up at 6am then id put him back down at 9am sleep 4 an hr then id put him back down after lunch sleep 4 an hr then he'd go 2bed at 6pm. poor little thing no wonder i was haven such problems getting him 2sleep.

Kylie - posted on 09/02/2009

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Quoting Carly:

Hi Kylie :-)

What works at our house is about 12 hours sleep overnight and 1.5 to 2 hours during the day. I find my son has to be awake for at least 4 hours before he is tired enough to sleep so our day is roughly up at 8am, back to bed sometime after lunch, awake by 3pm at the latest, then asleep around 8pm. We will have to change this a bit soon as I am going back to work next month and he will have to be at childcare by 8am. Also, he's been waking overnight so maybe he doesn't need that full 12 hours anymore. Either that or he's cold ... or getting teeth ... or has a tummy ache ... or wants a cuddle ... who knows! LOL

Good luck!
Carly


hi carly, wow thank-u so much that is a great help. i think ive been way off no wonder im having so much problems getting him 2sleep. cause our routine has been waking at 6am. [sometimes as early as 4.30 -5am] but if he wakes at 6am then id put him back down about 9am sleep 4an hr then id put him back down after lunch sleep 4an hr then in bed by 6pm. the poor little thing i think ive been over sleeping him.

Angela - posted on 09/02/2009

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hi Kylie, in my house, my little girl goes to bed b/w 8:15-8:45pm and gets up around 7-7:30am. She only has the one sleep during the day and it tends to be around 12:30-1pm. Her nap can go from 1.5 hours to 3. I make sure she's up before 4pm so she isn't full of beans when its bedtime lol.

Carly - posted on 09/01/2009

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Hi Kylie :-)



What works at our house is about 12 hours sleep overnight and 1.5 to 2 hours during the day. I find my son has to be awake for at least 4 hours before he is tired enough to sleep so our day is roughly up at 8am, back to bed sometime after lunch, awake by 3pm at the latest, then asleep around 8pm. We will have to change this a bit soon as I am going back to work next month and he will have to be at childcare by 8am. Also, he's been waking overnight so maybe he doesn't need that full 12 hours anymore. Either that or he's cold ... or getting teeth ... or has a tummy ache ... or wants a cuddle ... who knows! LOL



Good luck!

Carly

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