My 1yr old won't go to sleep till about 11pm WHY???

Fay - posted on 12/17/2009 ( 20 moms have responded )

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My son is 1yr old and recently he won't go to sleep till about 11pm and I don't understand why. He used to go off at about 8pm. He usually has 2 short naps in the day time but he always has so this isn't the reason. Has any1 else got the same problem???

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Tiffany - posted on 12/20/2009

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my daughter takes a 2 hour nap and goes to bed at 830 but i have her tv on in her room and she stays up sometimes till bout 10 or so. but if i just leave the night light on and walk out she will cry. but she will eventually stop and cry herself to sleep. i think they stay up bc they think they will be able to get back up. but try playin music or somethin to sooth him. i still have my daughters mobile in her crib and i play that sometimes.

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Probably because his days are not as full as he needs them to be, a lil hint? Lots and lots and lots of fresh air! I find that my son gets bored very easily (like his mom) so, I make sure his days are loaded with outdoor activities. :o)

Michelle - posted on 12/18/2009

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I would cut him down to one nap. If staying up that late really doesn't work for you that's one thing, but my son recently started staying up until about ten or ten thirty. At first I was concerned, because "everyone" says kids should go to bed early, but really.... He doesn't have anything to DO tomorrow, right? Plus, since he started going to bed later, he gets up later (letting me get more done in the morning, or *gasp* sleep in!!!), and this new sleep pattern has really made a difference!! Fewer tantrums, less whining, less of a temper.... Apparently, my son is just a night dude like his parents :-D Just find what works for your kid and tell people who criticize you that they don't know your kid like you do and to shut up :-D

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Well , I have 3 boys (6, 5, and 3) and when they nap which is not our routine now for a very long time since they were babies...they nap when they want to and then that usually leaves them not tired and up late. So, I try to avoid that at all costs. No naps. But, in your case of having a 1 yr. old..extra naps and when and how long needs to be adjusted to what you want and try to keep an eye on what foods and drinks he has..does he drink a lot of juice or sugar foods and when..does he have a comforting calm down routine...ex. if he wakes up 6am..give breakfast....9am sm. snack....11 am lunch...then bath..nap at Noon-1:30..proceed with the rest of the day with sm. nutritional snacks..busy activity to not get him too tired so he won't nap again and then dinner and bath, song or story and bedtime..when he refuses to actually stay in bed at a reasonable time..keep putting him back in bed over and over again until he understands that it is rest time and not play time..keep the lights low and t.v. off...and make it as peaceful and boring as possible so he knows you mean bedtime and not playtime. hope that helps

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Fay - posted on 12/31/2009

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Thanx guys. Ive got him down to one nap a day now then bed at about 8.30pm and he sleeps till 6am or 7am. xx

Kirstie - posted on 12/30/2009

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Hey fay! Mia has a nap around 2pm and goes to bed around 9pm and sleeps through, shes never had 2 naps in the day tho, she can seem to last through with just the one! xx

Jodie - posted on 12/20/2009

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teething can be a big problem at this time of life, i have a one year old she has one nap during the day and then goes to bed at 7pm then sleeps through till 6am she has a bottle of milk to help her to go to sleep then i replace it with water. i have a son that had to go to sleep school, unfortuantely i had to let him cry it out but now instead of fighting he is nearly 3 i let him watch a dvd in his bed until he falls asleep

Denise - posted on 12/20/2009

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lots of children have troubles going to sleep at night some have allergies to milk ,peanutbutter,and others that never show up in a rash or anything it just won't allow them to go to sleep easy .

Fay - posted on 12/18/2009

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Thanx every1 for your replies. I ave listened to all your advice and I will try some things out and see where we go with it. Thanks agan. xxx

Sarah - posted on 12/17/2009

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Not everyone likes the book, but Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, does go into the sleep needs of kids at different ages. That said, every child--not matter the age, is different. But the book gives you some goals, an ideas for nap schedules as the kids age. The changes in sleep-need change so frequently in the first 15 months that I think it's normal to make adjustments as the child's needs change. What worked 3 months ago does not work now...so your little one is telling you something. You deserve to get some time at night--I say it's worth seeking a solution. It know it's hard. My second one is a terrible sleeper. We are always working on it.

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set a bedtime that u want him to go to bed, stick to it.. have a nice bedtime routine so that he knows its coming the same time every night.. it will suck at first but you need sleep too even though ur at home trust me.., my boys go to bed bt 630 and 7.. they sleep 12 hours.. i need the time at night w/o kids so i can be ready for am lol

Wendy - posted on 12/17/2009

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I have tried to get my son onto one slightly longer nap a day, as he is about 15 months now. He likes the idea, but it has NOT worked out as of yet, so we still try to do two naps a day. One a couple/few hours after he gets up in the morning, usually about 30-45minutes. And one later in day, usually around 230-3 for an hour or so. He is generally sleeping by 9, except for the days that for whatever reason he gets a lateeee nap in, or won't nap all day so we let him have a short one in the evening. Every child is different. Every PERSON has their own sleeping pattern. Finding the pattern can just be tough sometimes!

Ashley - posted on 12/17/2009

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my 4 yrs old wont go to sleep either he still awake at 11 and hes always tired for school, he never used to do this he was in bed at 8, he hasnt taken naps in a year, i think its a fase, now my 2 yrs old and 9mth old the asre up at 7 take a nap from 11-2 then their in bed at 7 it works for me

Jessica - posted on 12/17/2009

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I would suggest one nap a day for an hour.....but if you don't want to do that start a routine and stick w/ it. Give him a bath, read a story, and then bedtime.

Cindy - posted on 12/17/2009

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I wish my son would also go to bed at 11...He use to go to bed at 9 or 10 watch and hour of tv and off to sleep he was, but know it is 2 to 4 am and then he wants to sleep til 10am. My son dont take naps at all he is 4 and I can't seem to get him back on track nothing new has changed so Im thinking its a faze that certain kids go through at certain times.

Christi - posted on 12/17/2009

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oh hun, i wish my son would go to bed at 11! he stays up until at least 6am, and then i wake him back up and 10am and allow him to only have one 1 hour nap. i am not sure what to do but i would kill for a 11 o'clock bedtime!

Brandy - posted on 12/17/2009

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It might be time to phase out the second nap. Usually at about 1 year, they start to only nap once a day but I've heard from alot of people that the ones who don't, make up for it by staying up late. He just doesn't need as many hours anymore.

Eleanor - posted on 12/17/2009

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2 short naps... at what times and how many hours? if he takes one before 5pm that is usually not advisable if you want him in bed by 9pm. try making him take his nap about an hour or so after lunch, then see from there. it's what I do with my son.

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