Having trouble getting 15 months olds to go to sleep at night

Stephanie - posted on 06/24/2011 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Lately my 15 months old girls won't go to sleep until 9:30 or 10 pm. They used to go to bed around 8 or 8:30. Can you give me some tips on helping them establish a routine so they know it is bed time.
We bathe and then drink milk but they don't act sleepy and then cry cry cry when we start going in their room.
I am not opposed to letting them cry and realize it is time for bed...
I guess I am asking for the best way to establish a routine!

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Jessica - posted on 06/01/2017

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My lo is 16 months old and he refuses to go to sleep at night and nap time. Any advice

Lindsey - posted on 07/02/2011

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My twins and my singleton will just change their schedule a little sometimes. I read the Baby Wise books since they are finding that sleep schedules are linked to ADD and ADHD and that runs in my family. These are great books and easy to read. They helped me not go so crazy when they changed up their schedule and how to help them find their new one without pulling my hair out. When I notice they are not wanting their normal nap times then I take one day and see when they show signs of being tired. Usually they end up just getting tired just slightly off schedule which isn't a big deal for us grown ups but for a baby 10 minutes can make a big difference. Let them guide you a little. Their bodies will show you when they need to go to sleep and so on. Trust your mommy instincts as well though. Hopefully this will help you like it helped me.

Sheila - posted on 06/28/2011

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The only other thing I would add to the suggestions already made would be to add a lullaby CD to the bedtime routine. I have always turned on soft music at bedtime, and that seems to help. Lately, my girls have been asking me to sing with them, so our routing consists of brushing teeth, going potty, picking up toys, saying prayers, singing, then as I'm walking out the door, I turn on their CD player for them to go to sleep with.

Stephanie - posted on 06/26/2011

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I just wanted to update! We tried the 1 nap for the first time yesterday and it went well! I fed them about 11 and then put them down...they didn't sleep as long as I wanted them too, but they staid up until time for bed then only cried for about 20 minutes and slept until 7!

Kelly - posted on 06/24/2011

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You should try and transition to one nap. It will not be easy at first because they will be ready for one at 9am, but after a few days their bodies will adjust. I would feed them lunch around 11 and then put them down right after that. They will probably sleep a good 2.5-3 hours and then be ready for bed by 7:30-8:00 at night.

Stephanie - posted on 06/24/2011

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They typically wake up at 7 and are ready for a nap at 9. Then I try to make them wait until 1:30 or 2 for their second nap. They only sleep then until about 3 or 3:30.
*Tonight I just had them cry for about 30-40 minutes and they finally fell asleep...it was not easy- I cried the whole time. Not that it was my first time to have them cry it out, but it is never easy...as I am sure some of you know.

Kim - posted on 06/24/2011

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We have been down to one nap a day for a few months now. I have the total opposite problem. My boys used to go to bed at 530pm and wake at 5am. We have been working on trying to get them to go to bed later. We are now getting them to bed at 730pm and waking at 630am, with one 2-2 1/2 hour nap mid day. If they are still taking 2 naps, I would try keeping them up for one nap.

Kelly - posted on 06/24/2011

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What are their naps like during the day? Are they down to just one nap? Just sounds like they are getting too much sleep during the day so they are not tired. Your routine sounds fine. You could also read a book before bed, but I think the problem might be naps.

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