Another sleeping question.

Momof1 - posted on 07/07/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )




Hi all.

My son is 20 months and right now he sleeps from about 9:30 PM to 8 AM, with one nap from 1 to 3. My husband usually puts him down at 8:30, then our son stays up until 9, either playing or crying (occasionally.) We used to put him down at 8:30 and he would fall asleep by nine. So the last 2 nights, we put him down at 9 and he didn't fall asleep until 9:30, but he seemed to cry more then usual. And the two morning he woke up after being put to bed at 9 PM were 8 AM and 7:30 AM. So I'm just wondering how do you know when your child doesn't need as much sleep as they used to?

I'd rather start putting him down a little later rather then having him wake up earlier. For naps I pretty much put him down exactly at 1 and he falls asleep within 20 minutes (usually.) I have to wake him up once it gets to 3, however. We have somewhat of a routine at night. It goes diapers and pajama's at 7:30, followed by yogurt. Then he usually goes out back and runs around until a little after 8, then I read him 3 books. Then my husband does a whole thing with him, having our son turn off the lights and saying goodnight to the characters on his walls and he lays down so my husband can cover him. But soon after he is sitting up and either playing or crying. Some days he doesn't get as much exercise as others. But normal days we walk around the block (which about a mile) in the morning and afternoon, plus normal walking up and down our block.

He is an excellent sleeper, I'm just wondering if/when he will stop fussing about going to bed. Thanks for the help.


Rosie - posted on 07/07/2011




i'd put to bed earlier as well. it's been my experience that going later they usually wake up the same time or earlier.
have you tried doing a routine with him, and sticking to it? bath, book, then bed?

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I'm no help to you because Roxanne (34 months) goes to bed b/w 7-8 pm and wakes up around 7 am, and STILL has a two hour nap around lunchtime. She also falls asleep within minutes of going to bed, typically.

Not sure what the fussing is about, but I would suggest putting him to bed earlier because it's possible that he's fussing because he's overtired. That's what I found with Roxanne anyhow.


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Ez - posted on 07/07/2011




Yep I'd try an earlier bedtime too. An overtired child will be harder to get settled and not sleep as well (often waking up at the same time or earlier).

Krista - posted on 07/07/2011




@Jeanette: Don't worry about this not being a debate. We like giving advice, too. :)

Joanna - posted on 07/07/2011




I would recommend putting him down later. In my experience, and from what I've read, the later to bed the earlier they wake up. If my daughter stays up til 10, she's up at 7. But if she's in bed at 8:30/9, she sleeps til 8:30.

Sometimes they just fuss... They don't want the day to end! I think it's pretty normal.

Momof1 - posted on 07/07/2011




P.S. Sorry about this post ending up in debating moms. LOL I didn't mean for that to happen, since this isn't a debate.

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