my son is 11 months old and i am 4 months pregnant

Sharna - posted on 02/20/2010 ( 16 moms have responded )

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my son is 11 months and i am 4 months pregnant and he is in a bad routine of going to bed at 11:30 how do i change this. and any tip on make pregnancy easier when you have a young one??

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Trish - posted on 02/20/2010

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OMG wow!! Ummm well I would say make sure he only has one nap suring the day at around 11am, this gives you a few benifits... a quiet lunch for yourself and all afternoon to wear him down so he is ready for bed round 7pm... this is what I have done with my kids and I am soooooo very happy I have it works wonders!

Kirstie - posted on 02/20/2010

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Consistency is the key....if you want to start putting him down earlier, you should keep at least 3-4hrs between his last sleep and his bedtime, so if he has a sleep in the afternoon, wake him at around 4 - this means he should be ready for bed around 7.30 - 8. And keep a routine so he knows that it is coming up to bed time. - we do dinner bath bottle story bed. Every night so that our daughter knows what is next. The hardest part is starting, it only takes about 3 days to get them into a routine, but it also only takes 1 day to break it, i have found. Good Luck. I went through the same thing with my girl, and it was hard to bread the habbit, but I thank the stars everday that I did, becasue my life is a lot easier now.

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Carrie - posted on 02/21/2010

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my baby is 12 months and i'm 7 and half months pregnant, i'm lucky because he sleeps from 6pm till 7am, and my six year old from 7pm till 7am. i have always made sure from a baby when they sleep after 6pm they sleep upstairs have it be my room or thier's obviously with intercom on so if they are awake you know. but this has got them both in a routine so now they just go at these times. and i'm sorry to tell you but in my case each pregnancy has got harder, and this one has really taken it's toll now toward the end. sleep when your little one is sleeping, thats the blessing you have with no older children.

Virginia - posted on 02/20/2010

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you have to realize i have a 2 an 3 year old they play and will not let each other go to sleep

Lois - posted on 02/20/2010

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Its not a terrible thing. My kids are all grown now, but my daughter is only 19 months older than my oldest son. Damien was ten months old when I became pregnant with Morgan. And I got one better than that, I have two grandchildren born in 2009. One in January and the other in November.Trying times if you had a c-section but very do able. Try taking a nap with the little one so that you wont be so tired when he is up. Some chores might go lacking but it is very important that you take care of you. It is so easy to fall apart during this time so take time for you. With a new baby coming soon you wont have much time for yourself unless you have a good support system. God Bless and take care

Kim - posted on 02/20/2010

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I have to agree, my boys are 16 months apart and they are so tender and caring toward each other. Their bond makes all the struggle worth it!!! Just remember to cuddle the older one a bit so he doesn't feel like he gave up the lap for the baby!!! Two in diapers can be a handfull...literally!! Best wishes for a healthy and safe delivery!!

Jennifer - posted on 02/20/2010

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instead opf that 2nd nap try bathtime 4 him instead my son will turn 4 in Sept and my daughter turns 2 next week I feel 4 ya hun u need that bedtime str8nd out ASAP when u r near the end of this pregnancy its gonna be even tougher and sorry to tell ya but its not gonna be all sunshine n rainbows 4 a few years any1 that tells ya it is is BS'n ya! Fix the bedtime NOW b4 its 2 late my kids are finally both sleeping all night long just in about the past month or so Only allow him 1 nap per day he is bigger now and doesnt need that 2nd nap instead try the bath or another activity to get him thru that time slot and move his bedtime up 2 about 8-9 you will be glad u did come the end of this pregnancy and when new baby has arrived GOOD LUCK hun Some days my 2 r still a whole lot 2 deal with

Kristen - posted on 02/20/2010

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I can't think of anything these awesome women haven't already covered, just wanted to share that i also have kids that are 15 months apart and they're now 4, girl & 3, boy and though they fight they are each others best friends. It's AWESOME to see them interact. If I take one to the store and leave the other home with daddy, all I hear is how they miss the other one. It's awesome!! Stressful at times, absolutely, but I can't imagine it any other way! :o)

Crystal - posted on 02/20/2010

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you need to start waking him up earlyer. like 6am have him take a shorter naps and put him down for a nap around 12 or 1 as well. then try putting him to bed around 8. if you do something in this routine you need to understand that the first few days will be your hardest. but you have to stick with it. in the end its all going to be worth it. my son went to bed at 8 every night when he was that young. hes now 20 months and goes to bed around 8:45-9 every night. I'm also 28 weeks into my pregnancy. and to be honest there is not much you can do to make it easyer. bedsides ask for help as much as you can.

Becca - posted on 02/20/2010

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my son was in bed by 7.30pm by the time he was 9 months!! it's all down to sticking to your guns!! let him nap around dinner for 1-2 hours but then keep him awake! give him a warm bath to wind down around 7 n hey presto in bed by half past....shattered! if he cries, soothe him but dont bring him out of bed! more than 6 times is a habit.keep this up and u should have an easy to put to bed baby in no time.try not to play rowdy activities after 6 as this will just wind him up! i had my second son when my first was 14months and i was so appreciative of our solid routine.

Regan - posted on 02/20/2010

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I agree with Carla, it is just going to take some persistence and maybe some rough nights to get him into a routine. The naps are definitely sounding like part of the issue. Do you usually wake him up from those or just let him sleep? That 6 pm nap is probably whats doing it for you. My daughter cut herself down to one nap a day around the same age (10 mo) and she goes down between 8-9 and then is up around 8-9. You will be fine the best thing is don't get frustrated and don't be afraid to let him cry a little. It will tire him out :) Good luck honey!! p.s. I got pregnant again when my daughter was 8 months old so I understand how exhausted you probably feel and how nice it is to have two times a day where he is sleeping and you can rest or get things done. Once he gets on a better sleeping schedule you will feel good though and you won't have to worry when baby #2 comes along!!

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My kids are 14months apart and the trick is be firm. I was lucky in a way in that my daughter was a 6am riser.. and still is.. I would put her down for a luchtime sleep. Usually between 11 and 12 and then she would be in bed round six.. I would give her dinner round 4.30 5ish and then we would have a bath, clean teeth, read a story and then bedtime... I played music for my kids so they knew it was bedtime.. if she woke up during the night i would offer her a drink then back down and walk out. if you get this happening before number two you can then get number two into a similar sleep routine that way you can get a rest during the day... keep you son really active and even start a routine of when you need him to settle down for when you are feeding is when he gets favorite toy tv show snack etc so you aren't worrying bout what he is upto.. you will be busy but it is fun... they will be good mates my daughter and son are

Virginia - posted on 02/20/2010

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my baby daughter was 5 months old when i got pregnant with my son they are now 2 and 3 years old. All i can say is keep them on a very strict schedule and life will be a lot easier for you and your husband. Try your best to wake him up early if possible. If you say choose 7:30 wake him like that everyday including saturdays and sundays as much as you may hate it sometimes. Remember to put him down for a nap around 11:30 12:00 whatever works best for you. I can tell you this from experience i have learned if my babies nap after 3:00 p.m. they will not go to sleep at night. Take this advice i have learned the hard way and remember always have patience with your babies because that is what they are babies and when you hear someone say don't give your baby any sugar it will make them hyper they are right. Wish you much happiness with your babies.

Sharna - posted on 02/20/2010

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he wakes at 8:30, goes down again at about 12:00 till 2:30 and then again at 6;00 which i am trying to cut out. and then goes through the night at about 11:30. he was in a good routine but if he misses out on one sleep he just is feral the whole day.

Bea - posted on 02/20/2010

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11:30pm? maybe you should consider switching his nap time during the day...I have 14mo old and he use to take 1 nap around 12 and then next around 5pm and his bed routine would start around 8:30-9pm...now it seems like he is progressing to a later and longer mid day nap but still goes to bed by 9pm. Maybe cuting down the day naps will help...what is his day routine?

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