How to move bedtime earlier?

Lydia - posted on 08/08/2011 ( 18 moms have responded )

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My girl is 16 months now. She used to go to sleep at 7pm and wake up at 7ish am... that was during the winter. when summer came her bedtime moved later and later... even though her bedroom is completely dark, she'll not go to sleep at 7 any more... right now she is going to sleep at 10 and wakes up at 8am. Any suggestions on how to move her bedtime back to a normal time? I tried to stick to her regular routine and put her to sleep at 8, but it's not working she'll be up until 10 -even though sun goes down at 8:30. Some evenings she is teething, too, but that is different.

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Tyrae - posted on 08/08/2011

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I would try slowly moving her back to her regular time, going a half hour at a time, for about 5-7 days, and then go back another half hour, and so on. That is how I managed to move my daughter from a 1am sleep time to 8pm. It took a while, but it was well worth it, also move back her nap times so she isn't taking a nap too soon before bed. I know if I put my daughter down after 3pm for a nap she won't go to bed at 8 like she's supposed to. So if she doesn't fall asleep before 3 she won't get her second nap. I hope this helps, and good luck.

Lisa - posted on 08/10/2011

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I think it's not good to have more than a 4-hour gap between the end of the nap and the beginning of bedtime because then the baby will be overtired. My son naps from 12:30 to 2:30 (and can go till 3:30 if he's still sleeping) and I put him down at 7:30.

Erika - posted on 08/09/2011

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Try to move her bedtime in 15 minute increments to your desired time. Also make sure she is getting good naps through out the day. Overtired children actually have a harder time going to bed due to a cortisol rush (a hormone in our bodies). Make sure you have a sleep inducing bedtime routine that helps her calm down. If you want an idea of a schedule that is consistent to your baby please visit: http://houston-synergy.com/2011/07/babyc...

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Ntahli - posted on 10/10/2011

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Thanx mummies I have a similar problem too. Im gonna try but my daughter is so playfull she cant sleep unless she is tired

Megan - posted on 08/10/2011

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I am having a similar problem. So it was nice reading these replies! My daughter is 22 months old and up until about 2 months ago If she got less than 12 hrs a night look out. she use to go to bed at 8 pm sharp! Since the day she was born. Had a strict routine, rice cereal then bath around 730 then cream, calm down and in bed by 8. Then days started getting longer. Now I'm lucky if she is sleeping by midnight! Then she's awake by 7. She takes am afternoon nap after lunch at noon until about 1 or 2. And wow is she busy! She will not sit still, so I am completely exhausted lately! I go to bed about 10 mins after her and wake up when she does, then have relax time in the afternoon while she naps. It has made my life so much more eventful bc now I've had to learn how to accomplish everything while she makes messes. It was very interesting reading your post, because now I know it's not just her. I thought for sure it's because it stays lighter longer. Like in the winter it's dark by 5-530, so she had almost 3 hours up after dark. And now it's bright until 930-10. Everyone thought I was crazy and just started slacking with routine. But if I put her in her crib before she's ready for bed she screams until she stops breathing. I've tried the let them cry for a couple mins, hasn't worked!

Lisa - posted on 08/10/2011

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My daughter is 3 1/2. She has never been a sleeper. She sleeps no more than 9 hours a night on average. She goes to sleep at 9 and wakes up between 6-6:30am. She still takes one nap and if she doesn't get one look out. My sitter wakes her up by 3:30 every afternoon. She is fine. She tells us when she is tired. Don't worry. Just keep your daughter in the same routine. Stop fighting with her. If she won't go to bed till 10 then so be it. Her body will tell her when she needs more sleep and let her get it.
Yeah it sucks cause you get less time before you go to bed, but is it worth the fight to get her to bed earlier?

Lydia - posted on 08/10/2011

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thanks for your replies ladies.
she only takes one nap a day usually 2 hours, sometimes 3 from 11am until 1 or 2 pm. so i don't think it's the nap causing the late evenings.. i'll try to mave her bedtime 15 minutes at a time. thanks!

Heather - posted on 08/09/2011

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hi lydia - does she still take two naps a day? what time is her afternoon nap?

Wendi - posted on 08/09/2011

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What we learned is do change a bedtime 15 minutes a night.
Takes a bit of patience- but it seems to do the trick!
Wendi from www.sleepbaby.com

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We purchased blackout curtain liners which makes the room very dark. This will provide the right atmosphere, still works and my daughter is now 13 years old.

Heather - posted on 08/09/2011

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Start by putting her to be 15 minutes earlier everyday until she is finally going to bed when you want her to. Or try waking her up earlier, and not letting her take a her second nap later than 4pm. Then by 7 to 8pm, she will be ready for bed. She is 16 months old now, so 7:30 to 8pm should be a good bedtime. But be ready for her to start waking you up at 6am. At 16 months, my daughter was done with two naps a day, and we moved here to one nap a day so she would sleep at 8pm.

Lori - posted on 08/09/2011

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Perhaps she is napping too late in the day? Make sure she doesn't nap after 2pm and see if that helps. Also, some kids just don't need as much sleep, so she may have a low sleep threshhold. My kids stopped napping at age 2, so she could be quickl.y coming to a point where she won't need as much of a nap and if she takes a long nap during the day, that may cut into her sleeping as long as night. I would also say you could just put her in her crib at 8pm anyway and if she plays in her crib and talks to herself until 10pm, then that's ok... You could even put books in her crib or toys from 8 til 9:30pm and then tell her time for lights off at 9:30pm and she will fall asleep soon. My 3 year old son really doesn't nap much, but he usually goes to bed at 8pm, but if he naps, even for 20 minutes, after 3pm, he usually will nt be able to fall sleep at 8pm... But we still put him to bed and he just talks to himself or sings until he falls asleep. I don't think it's unreasonable for you to set a bedtime and stick to it... Your the parents and you need some down time at the end of the day so you can talk or get something done... So just keep on trying to get bedtime at 8pm and even if she doesn't fall asleep right away, she stillgoes to her bed... (-:

Leslie - posted on 08/09/2011

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my baby use to go to bed between 10-11:30pm. which did not bother me cause I use to close at night. plus that what time me and dad go to bed. she is eight months and now it is between 9-10pm. I have her decide cause she will be on the schedule for school soon enough. it wo't hurt her to stay up. my sleep till 8am sometimes 10am.

Lydia - posted on 08/09/2011

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she has one nap and it's between 2-3 hours. usually 2 hours, sometimes 3 when she woke up during the night because of teething, going down at 11-12 until about 2pm. well somedays she'll have only one hour nap but still stays up until 10pm.

Jodi - posted on 08/08/2011

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What sort of nap time is she having? I was thinking cutting nap time back a bit would help, but it depends what she is doing.

Brianna - posted on 08/08/2011

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oh and make sure she doesnt sleep to long at nap time id say if her nap was liek 1pm to 3pm it would work

Brianna - posted on 08/08/2011

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start waking her up at whatever time she used to wake up and start butting her to bed 15min early every night until ur back at the time u want. goodluck

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