Bedtimes & sleep routines.

Melissa - posted on 03/07/2011 ( 49 moms have responded )

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What time are you putting your toddler to bed? What time are they getting up? How many naps are they taking and for how long? I've been putting my 16 month old to bed at 8 since birth...Is there an age frame that I should change this to later or earlier? I also find she's now taking one nap a day instead of her usual two. How has your toddlers sleep patterns changed?

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Jennifer - posted on 03/17/2011

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i think the point Holly is trying to make is that night-waking is completely normal, and healthy for a child into the toddler years. human beings are extremely social creatures and in our modern world, we place these unnatural expectations on our children's sleep habits. from birth we have people bombarding us with "is your baby sleeping through the night, yet?" or "when are you going to sleep train?" when in reality, not sleeping through the night is completely normal. all babies and children will learn to sleep independently without being forced into it. i know that for me, learning to trust my son to know what he needs took a HUGE amount of stress off my shoulders...day, or night.



my 16 month old son does still wake during the night. usually once, and its only because he wants a cuddle. i would never deny my son affection during the day, so i won't deny him at night either. my son takes after me A LOT...he is a very cuddly, lovey little guy and with how often i roll over to cuddle my husband during the night i'm lucky that my son only wakes up once for me :-P



some parents are lucky, and don't have to do anything to get their baby to sleep through the night...these babies are not the norm though and just because some babies are capable of it does not mean that all should be expected to.

Vicki - posted on 03/22/2011

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Every child is different, every mother is different...we all do what we think is best for our child...lets be grateful for what we have regardless of how much sleep we are or are not getting and use this site for advice not attacking.

Cynthia - posted on 03/19/2011

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Hello, my boys slept through most nights since about 6 weeks i felt very lucky sometimes they would wake up for a drink breastfed. my oldest 5 yrs and youngest almost 16 months do wake up every once in a while only because they had a dream cold or whatever but most nights they sleep through until about 7:30 8 am bedtime is 8 or 8:30
you do NOT have an abnormal baby if they sleep through the night and this conversation wasn't suppose to be based on if your child is normal or abnormal... or the fact that he/she was breastfed or not... and also its not always by choice that the mother bottle feeds her baby i know a few moms that could not produce the amount of milk baby required... so they needed to suplament... u hope everyone finds the answers they are looking for...
every one is entitled to they're opinion but keep it about what the conversation is about no one wants to read all the drama

Heather - posted on 03/18/2011

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My daughter goes to bed around 8-9pm & wakes around 7am. She takes one nap a day for 1-2 hrs. Bed times are really just for parents so they have some time to themselves.

Holly - posted on 03/16/2011

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Kids don't sleep through the night at this age.. every once in a while someone will say "My kid sleeps through the night" but they have either used CIO and taught the baby that they aren't coming so don't bother.. or they got really really lucky :) My three year old still doesn't sleep through the night and that is ok too :) We co-sleep so when my 16 month old wakes up in the night he just cuddles up to me, latches on and goes back to sleep (I sleep without a shirt so he has easy access).. I haven't had to wake up with him in the night for over a year now :) He can handle it all by himself :) It's awesome :) At this age sleeping through the night is not normal at all lol :) People who have babies that sleep through the night have abnormal kids.. yours is not the abnormal one :) Don't stress it ;)

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Ladies, please remember our guidelines No THUMPS when posting in our communities. We are here to support each other, not put each other down for our different opinions. If this thread continues the way it's going, it will be closed.

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Brenda - posted on 03/24/2011

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Hi, Melissa, My little one also tends to have one nap now rather than two. Bedtime, he goes to sleep at about 8 and wakes at about 6h30, baring any issues during the night.

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Hi my bub normally goes down at 8pm and wakes at 6ish in the morning. On a good night he will wake once a night. He will sleep during the day for up to 3 hours at lunch time.

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its a known fact kids who sleep better during the day sleep better at night...when my health nurse told me this i thought she was coo-coo-ka-choo but she was right. and theres nothing wrong with letting a child cry so long as they don't get hysterical thats when it starts getting scary for them. i am a fan of controlled crying and it has worked very well with marshall it takes a strong will to do it but i found if it got too much going outside and hanging the washing out always helped me along and he's in his cot so he's perfectly safe while im outside and probably no more than 100 meters away so i can still hear him. i have no need to control cry anymore (its very rare we have to and usually its cry it out for 4 minutes then go in give dummy and hes off to sleep) as i believe marshall has learned to self settle effectively...except the other night when i woke to him screaming hysterically but as soon as i walked in he laid back down...im thinking it was a night terror cos his paternal grandfather told me he did the same thing at their place

Kristi - posted on 03/22/2011

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I'm kind of confused by Vicki's post. People are going to do whatever they want to do with their children but it is going to be very hard for the to self-soothe themselves if they go into bed with mommy and daddy and I think that will cause problems between the parents also because they're not getting their time alone together. I think a lot of kids have trouble napping because they're not getting the sleep they need at night or are waking up several times a night. I know that sounds weird but just think about how an adult feels if they wake up several times a night, the next day they're usually tired or exhausted and can't function the way they normally would and are a lot more cranky.

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I think very well said kristi. my duaghter just had a scream for 5 min. then boom...back for an hour. if I went in and got her she'd be excuse me for saying a bag of sleep deprived shit. hey, if someone is ok with the bring to bed and it really is what they want to do and doesn't affect them in taking care of their children the next day, more power to you. and I mean that sincerely as blithe as it sounds. if it works for you great. couldn't for me. and I like knowing they have the cofidence in themselves to self-soothe. I beieve it is a quality not enough children have. working in childcare I see so many children struggle to get the afternoon nap that they NEED. no, not a 5 year old but from infants to older.

anwyay, I ramble...again...

Kristi - posted on 03/22/2011

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Not sure why people say kids don't sleep through the night by 16 months old. My first child was 3 months old when he started sleeping 7am - 7pm and he's now 3 years old and still has the same sleep patter and never wakes up at night unless he's sick. My second child slept through the night at 4 months old and that was from 7pm to about 6am but now that she's 16 months old she sleeps 7pm - 6:30 or 7am. Neither of my kids wake up in the middle of the night. It's ok to let a baby cry for 5 or 10 minutes. I think a lot of moms go into the room as soon as they hear their child cry and if my daughter happens to make any noise in the middle of the night it's a whimpering cry for a couple minutes. Who knows if they had an itch or their leg or arm fell asleep or what but I think the reason kids are sleeping through the night is because the parents are either not sticking to a routine or being really relaxed about letting them come in your room and sleep in your bed or staying up with them and rocking them back to sleep or whatever. I have a friend and she doesn't put her 3 year old to bed until after 10pm and that is just ridiculous, not child should be up that late and the child knows that she has control over the parents and there is no discipline (and I don't mean spanking).

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hey anyone else's children have a hard tme gettng back on track with time zone change? mine were and I was thinking they were ready for a bit later bedtime. turns out my son has early stages pneumonia. my daughter though is fine and she is the one resisting the regular time. she could be getting sick, or time chnage, not sure yet. thoguhts?

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oh hey and sarah...funny, mine also want to play around and read in their room or goof off and chase each other before we head down to kitchen for breakfast. you'd think after not having eaten anything for around 12 hrs they'd be starving. I am!

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hey melissa sorry jsut reaized didn't answer your question.
Night:
my twins go to bed around 7:20 and sleep til maybe 7:20 or til 8:30. my son is an earlier riser and cries/chats/ talks in sleep for awhile. I wait til he's fully up or else he's really groggy and hasn't gotten enough sleep. his sister could sleep forever. guess she thinks she's a teenager already.

Nap:
They showed signs of wanting ony one nap early in my books. At 12 months. so dropped to 1. too awhile for them to adjust. they've alway been pretty short nappers but now they go down anywhere from 1:15-1:45 approx depending on needs of day (I try and keep it within half hr) and hopefully sleep 2 hrs. note the hopefully. gnerally one will cry for a few minutes about an hr into that but stops after few minutes and goes back to sleep. really, its a lot of fun waiting for that moment. yes, a nice relaxing break for mom!

Holly - posted on 03/19/2011

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As for formula feeding.. whatever works for you.. not a choice *I* would make but hey.. your kid your decision.. but thanks for ASSUMING ROFLMAO I give up.. ya'll don't WANT so learn or see a point that I am trying to make.. so .. whatever.. one day I believe you will look back and say "OH! That's what she meant".. I have planted the seeds.. I believe they will grow with time. If not.. your loss.. not mine :) BTW... my little guy who STILL doesn't STTN at three is in the 95% for height.. at 3 foot 3 inches and barely 33 pounds.. so.. not sleeping through the night does not mean he can't grow as you imply! LOL

Holly - posted on 03/19/2011

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CERTAINLY not jealous! LOVE my time with my kids.. and I lose NO sleep at night when my kids wake up.. Like I said.. I cosleep and my son latches on, nurses and goes back to sleep. But hilarious that you think that is what's up!

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yeah really tryng to keep mouth shut cause this looks more like it should be on debating moms, but can't. soo...

people that have worked in childcare as I have and are educated and up to date realize that there is no one method to parenting/working with childen. we also realize that a parent knows their child best. no matter what. we also tend to prefer the word 'typical' over 'normal' and you get the picture.

as for the CIO, different strokes for different folks. and different interpretations of what "CIO" actually is. and as we are all internet people and it is 2011 I'm sure we've all at some point come to realize that for every argument/"study" one can find on here, there will be a counter argument/"study."

I did a method of "sleep training" after seeking advice from a psychologist that specializes in children. only. sleep and children. and she uses only techniques that have been scietnifically (scientifically I said) PROVED to benefit a child in self-soothng which actually are tools people do need to learn. we do sometimes wake up for moments in the night, and hopefully we do know how to fall back asleep. sleep training under 4 (or 6 can't remebmer) can't physiologically happen). once past those months there are methods that are not cold and heartless. if anyone wants to pm me please do and I am happy to share the titles of the only books the psychologist recommends. they offer a gentle way to help your baby learn to sleep. just like we hope to gently guide our children and teach the othe things as well in life.

another idea...moms that are sleep deprived or not functioning well for whatever reasons please do NOT beat yourselves up for wanting to have your child sleep through the night. taking care of ourselves makes us better parents. and for those of you who have children that did have an easy time with sleeping...kudos! and OMG there are many that are sooo jealous :)

and these are my thoughts frt thing in morning pre-coffee and babies waking.

can we please keep this civil and try and keep in mind that words can really hurt/offend/piss people off and that is no the goal (I hope :) of the OP, and nayone else here that posts. we all should be supportive and helpful as parenting is challenging enough without being slammed by fellow moms, no?

(sorry if typos, wanna get this done b4 babies wake)

Holly - posted on 03/18/2011

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OP: I did a quick poll on my FB page.. here are some of the answers:
All babies are different. :) What's normal for your baby may not be 'normal' for another. As for being ready? How do you dictate what is ready? My 4 year old still wakes up sometimes, still has accidents during the night, and my 6 year old still wakes to use the bathroom, and occasionally will wake for 'no' reason. *shrug*
at 16 months old, neither of my kids slept through the night regularly, and I didn't push it as we were using a family bed. On rare occasions, we would get lucky and have ONE night of no waking in the middle of the night .
Lucky, that's the word I would use. LOL
Corinne is 14.5 months... Still wakes up several times to nurse
Neither of my kids - who were both exclusively breastfed - no bottles, pacis or cereal - at 6 weeks, rarely if ever slept longer than 2-5 hours at one time during the night. I think while most babies do not STTN, there are the exceptions.
I think it was luck. :) And yes, no nursing or anything. She'd nurse at 5am and go right back to sleep until 8-9am.
So out of all those friends ONE had a baby that STTN on a relative basis from around 6-8 weeks.. then there are some still waiting on a SIX year old to get through the night. 16 months is perfectly fine to not sleep through the night!

Holly - posted on 03/18/2011

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RE sleeping through the night sans CIO: "Holly - they do trust me they do marshall has done so since 6 weeks and i know my friend was told by the health nurse to go to a settling clinic because a 16 month old should not require a feed during the night if they are getting enough during the day marshall knows that if he cries i come but he doesn't cry never really has he hasn't used a dummy since he was 10 months old and they don't call that luck they call it what he's supposed to do" Is this REALLY what we want first time moms believing is "The Norm"? Cause it isn't.. You have twins? I have SIX KIDS.. and none have slept through the night at six flippin weeks! Not to mention more than 15 years in childcare and child health related fields.

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oh get over yourself.
I repeat above and add word 'normal.' not cool. and not semantics. language we use when parenting is important as is language we use when labeling in discussions with adults.

"I hope your next child is as perfect as your first or you are going to be SORELY disappointed." um...you obviously don't remember me. you were in my circle...we spoke few times. I have twins, not one child. but irrelevant.

might be wrong but don't think anyone said 6 weeks on this thread but you. but might be wrong.

now, can we please leave it and let the OP get the answers to the question she was asking. we're probably annoying some people here.

Holly - posted on 03/18/2011

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oh LORD was trying to make the point that it is not normal.. don't get caught up in semantics.. good lord.. it isn't judgmental to say that MOST babies don't sleep through the night at six weeks or sixteen months or anything in between.. For a child to do that is not "normal" which means ABnormal.. as in not normal.. WOWOWOWOW I hope your next child is as perfect as your first or you are going to be SORELY disappointed. I am so tired of this.. it isn't how things *usually* go. To tell other parents that it is sets THEM up for failure. Just like saying that Breastfeeding is a cake walk. For YOU it might be.. but to tell all moms that it is makes them feel like there is something wrong with THEM when they can't do it! Telling all moms that their child SHOULD be sleeping by six weeks or even by 18 months (or two years or whatever) and that there is something wrong if their child isn't is setting that parent and then therefore that child up for failure. Go look up failure to thrive.. go look up babies dying from the Ferber method. Go look up babies dying from Babywise.. all those methods that say that your child "should" be sleeping through the night so don't feed them anything or only give them water and they will realize it isn't worth trying.. yea..babies wake up in the night for a reason. Babies that don't wake up in the night is so extremely rare! My best friend THOUGHT her baby wasn't waking up at night. She kept bragging about how her formula fed baby was so perfect and awesome and slept all night long by nine weeks old. Her mother kept the baby for a night and told her to come get the baby. She couldn't even finish out the promised weekend. She got NO sleep. The kid cried ALL NIGHT. My friend got home with the baby and was upset. Her roommate told her that the baby cries ALL NIGHT LONG EVERY SINGLE NIGHT. My friend was sleeping through it. No drugs, no alcohol, kid in the same room, husband in the room too.. and sleeping through it! I wonder how often that happens and then baby finally gives up. Unintentional CIO? But since my friend was told it was *normal* for babies to sleep through the night so early she just chalked it up to her AMAZING parenting skills and her AMAZING baby who was SO GREAT.. yea.. not so much! I will continue to try to educate those that ask questions. Maybe then they won' t read misinformation (like that babies are fine to sleep through the night at six WEEKS old with no nutrition during the night) and will do some research and not let their kid get sick and possibly DIE from FTT, dehydration or worse!

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Holly...I'm not going to quote because don't have time. you may consider yourself a liberal mom and you may well be. I consider you a very rude and judgemental person. in my books the word 'abnormal' is a horrible thing to use when refering to children. or people period for that matter.

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Whats normal exactly?? Every baby is different and if your baby is more independant and can sleep through the night such as mine its awesome i do have some days when she will have a sook and i go to her and give her a cuddle/fix the blanket or just give her a drink and she goes straight back to sleep.. again if your child does not do this they will soon. I dont think its right to say what is abnormal and what is not they all grow at their own rate! And as long as you have a happy baby who really cares?

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holly - theres nothing wrong with my child at all he's a lot bigger than his age (And by bigger i mean taller therfore in ratio a little heavier but still a stick figure) and he's never been overfed. ive had him tested for sleep apnoea and have been told he doesn't have that nor any sleep or breathing disorder. so call it what you will but my paed with over 40 years experience told me its normal and if he's happy sleeping 12-15 hours a night then i should be happy too

Holly - posted on 03/17/2011

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Sarah STEVENS, Then you are really either very lucky or something was/is wrong.. because at six weeks children are not programmed to go 8-10 hours with no nourishment. Unless you were overloading them on cereal that their tiny little body had to work triple time to process out so it stayed "full" of garbage for longer.. which would fall under the "something wrong" category.. Not even formula fed babies are programmed to go that long without nourishment at six weeks. You are INCREDIBLY lucky your child was not dehydrated or labeled as failure to thrive.. so yea, lucky seems to fit. A six week old only has a 2-4 ounce capacity in their tummy. That is not enough to last 8-10 hours on for most babies. In fact.. that is a dangerous scenario. *smh*.. very dangerous.. You are a very lucky woman with a very lucky child indeed.

Sarah SECZKOWSKI, I think you somehow stumbled into what Sarah STEVENS and I were speaking about and thought it was directed at you.

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Holly - cant say ive ever gotten up in the middle of the night for anything really not past the age of 6 weeks

Sarah - posted on 03/17/2011

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I haven't responded in anger, please re-read my post! I do dispute that it was luck though. I just followed some routine guidelines and watched my daughters cues and thats how we got to sleeping through, not luck or CIO.

ANyway this is not helping the OP and I don't really want to argue - I am simply stating a different point of view - I never said what you said was wrong sp please don;t say that to me.

Holly - posted on 03/17/2011

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and no.. sleeping through the night at 16 months, six weeks whatever is not something kids are "supposed" to do.

Holly - posted on 03/17/2011

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I said some parents get lucky.. didn't say ALL parents who have babies that sleep through the night use CIO.. In fact was VERY CAREFUL to say it so that this didn't come up.. guess it didn't work lol.. some folks don't read the whole post then respond in anger, as if they were attacked!... go re-read it please. thanks

Sarah - posted on 03/17/2011

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All I was trying to say is children do start to sleep through without CIO. Just because they sleep through does not automatically mean the parent made them CIO. I am very against CIO and my daughter has slept through since 9 months - when SHE decided she no longer needed/wanted to nurse at night. If she woke at night I would go to her, but as I said she only has on the one occasion she has been sick.

Holly - posted on 03/17/2011

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^^Exactly^^ Thank you.. suffering from huge momma brain lately lol :) Just moved and basically being a single mom while doing it since hubs is away so much.. brain is in full shut down mode.. that's nearly exactly what I was trying to say! Thank you Jennifer!

Holly - posted on 03/17/2011

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Yea, your friend was misinformed. Sorry. Have you ever gotten up in the night needing a drink? Babies need that too. Or comfort! My son comfort nurses a LOT during the night.. same as using a paci, blanket or other lovie. The babies that have had CIO forced on them decide that mom isn't coming anyway so why bother crying (that's the point of crying it out right? "Hey kid, cry it out, I'm not coming in there") they learned that you aren't coming and gave up. Sad really. What was your baby crying out? What does the "it" refer to? "It" could have been cold, tired, hungry, thirsty, scared and on and on.. Babies cry in the night for a reason. They woke up and need some help getting back to sleep. BTW.. EVEN the "professionals" that preach about crying it out recommend not doing it until after at least a year of age. Not even they say to do it to a six week old!

I hate reading that so many parents were so misinformed by the professionals that they trusted :( So incredibly sad!

If it hurts your heart to do something with your children then you should trust your instinct and not do it. Don't bother telling me it wasn't HARD for you to sit there and listen to your baby cry and not go to them. If it was easy then you shouldn't have children. It tugs at the heart of any mother. It is your body, mind and soul telling you that this isn't RIGHT. BTW... go google "Prolonged crying in infants and brain damage"... read some of the research on that. Not good not good. Read some of the research between the two tribe types in Africa where the one tribe lets the baby cry and is violent and evil and always fighting and the one tribe where the baby is always held and never cries and there is no fighting or violence! Coincidence? I think not!

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Holly - they do trust me they do marshall has done so since 6 weeks and i know my friend was told by the health nurse to go to a settling clinic because a 16 month old should not require a feed during the night if they are getting enough during the day marshall knows that if he cries i come but he doesn't cry never really has he hasn't used a dummy since he was 10 months old and they don't call that luck they call it what he's supposed to do

Sarah - posted on 03/17/2011

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DD goes to bed at 7 or earlier if she is tired, she settled into her own bedtime at about 2 months and I see no reason to change it, she sleeps about 12 hours. Since 9 months of age it is a straight 12 hours up until then she has 1 or 2 feeds but dropped them herself - I personally do not use CIO but each to their own. At around 11 month she dropped to 1 nap and its usually 1.5-2 hours. I found with a consistent routine they want to go to bed! DD has dinner, plays with Daddy then has a cup of milk, then a bath, teeth, story and bed. Never cries and often walks over to the cot herself when she has had enough stories. At naptime I usually ask her around 12 if she is tired and if she is she goes to her bedroom and we have a story and then she goes to the cot herself. If she has not gone down for her nap by 1pm I usually go in her room and start reading stories and she goes anyway.
This routine has been tweaked as she got older, and again when she weaned from bf at 13 months but except for 1 tummy bug a couple of weeks ago she has not woken in the night since September - when she started sleeping through.

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That is what I try to do as well, as far as waiting until he is tired but he is still not sleeping through the night and gets up about 1-2 times a night. I too do not lay my son down when he is not tired and expect him to go to sleep in fact I rock him to sleep and I love that!! I can't stand to hear him cry so I try not to whenever possible!!

Holly - posted on 03/16/2011

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I am a very liberal mom with a very relaxed life. My children go to bed when they are tired and get up when they wake up, unless we have an appointment and therefore need to take my husband to work. We try not to do this very often lol. My three year old goes to bed somewhere between 6ish and 10.. depending on whether he took a nap. My 16 month old gets up between 8 and 9 in the morning. He takes a nap *sometimes* in the morning around 9:30-10 if he got up at 8. On Sundays when we go to church he has to get up early and is generally ready for a nap as soon as we arrive... but is too busy playing and saying "HI" to nap. He falls asleep between 10:30 and 11:30 on Sundays. He might take a nap around noon to 3 depending on the above nap happening or not. He goes to sleep between8 and 10.. again depending on his naps :) When he is ready to go to sleep he comes up to me, pushes me back, sits in my lap and gets all comfy, asks for a breast and nurses to sleep within 1-5 minutes :) Naps are taken on my lap unless I *have* to do something (which I generally don't, I take the time to relax!) :) Bedtime he falls asleep on my lap and I move him to my bed when I go to bed :) We try to take our cues from the kiddos on what their needs are. We don't put not tired kids to bed and then expect them to sleep. :) What's the point? Then we wind up with screaming kids (I don't believe in Crying It Out.. it's dangerous for the kids) or fighting with them to keep then in bed.. it's not worth all that fight to me :)

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Wow well my 16th month old eats, gets a bath, milk, book, and teeth brushed then bed at around 8:30 but for the past 2 ngts he has not gone to bed until 9:30 even with me trying my hardest at his normal time. He will still wake up 1-2 times at night and is up usually around 5-5:30 am. I can't figure out how to get him to slp longer but he takes usually one 2-2:30 hrs nap during the day but for a wk I have been waking him up after an hr and letting him take a short nap in the afternoon trying to get him to slp better at night!! I guess I just have a son that doesn't want to slp!!

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marshall has dinner bath milk brush his teeth book and bed. bed time usually is between 630 and 7 and he sleeps anywhere between 12 to 15 hours straight at night. he usually has a sleep during the day which can start anytime between 1030 to 1130 depending on when he woke up and will usually last for around 2 to 3 hours. don't ask how i get him to sleep so long i don't know

Chrissy - posted on 03/14/2011

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I put my daughter to bed around 7-7:30 and she wakes around 7:30. She is so tired at 1:00 but the naps are only lasting an hour which is not long enough because she wants to go to bed at 5:00. I stick to a regular routine but I can't get her to sleep any longer!

Melissa - posted on 03/13/2011

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I really think it depends on your baby and the routine you have set up. I put my daughter to bed at 8 pm as that routine works for me (back at work and now like to have at least 2 hours a night with my daughter). Some days I put her to bed earlier if she is really tired or has missed her afternoon nap at daycare. My daughter still has a morning and afternoon sleep (averaging about 1.5 hours per sleep sometimes more). I don't like to put my daughter to sleep any earlier otherwise she wakes up way too early (anything before 6 am is hard for me). My daughter wakes at about 7 am if I put her to bed at 8 pm. Once you have set a routine in place it is best to stick to it I think.

Ashley - posted on 03/13/2011

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My 16 month old has a snack, bath, and then is laid down between 730&9, depending on the day and how cranky/sleepy he is and sleeps in until between 7&9. He usually has one nap between noon&2 which lasts about an hour or two. Occasionally, he will take a short thirty min to an hour nap in the car when I go to the store.He's kept this pattern for quite a while now---Not every child is the same and I believe that if what you're doing is working, then keep right on doing it.

Ashley - posted on 03/13/2011

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My 16 month old has a snack, bath, and then is laid down between 730&9, depending on the day and how cranky/sleepy he is and sleeps in until between 7&9. He usually has one nap between noon&2 which lasts about an hour or two. Occasionally, he will take a short thirty min to an hour nap in the car when I go to the store.He's kept this pattern for quite a while now---Not every child is the same and I believe that if what you're doing is working, then keep right on doing it.

Brianna - posted on 03/07/2011

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my 16month old bed time routine is bath, snack then bed at 8pm and wakes up at 8am and has a nap at 1pm till 3 or 4pm

Jennifer - posted on 03/07/2011

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we start my sons bedtime routine around 7-7:30, and he's actually in his crib and asleep by 8-8:30. lately he's been waking up around 6:30-7am. he takes 1 nap per day and he'll sleep for 2 or 3 hours.



i have read that on average, most toddlers and preschoolers do best with a 7pm bedtime but i see no reason to change her bedtime if its working for your family!

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