Bedtime battles

Brittney - posted on 04/21/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )




My daughter is 18 months and all of a sudden she doesn't want to go to bed at her usual bedtime. Especially if she gets a bath within 3 hours of bedtime. Her bedtime has almost always been the same. When she was 6-10 months it was 7p and 11-18 months its 8:30p. Some nights, it takes until 9 or 9:30p to get her to stay in her room and get to sleep. What do you think...should I keep her up until 9? or keep up with bedtime at 8:00-8:30? I tell her to get up if she has to go to the bathroom and she does, but then she doesn't want to go to sleep. She also sleeps in a toddler bed. We go to bed as soon as its her bedtime for maximum sleep and she wakes up at 7a. She wakes up early to go potty, otherwise she may sleep in. Is she getting enough sleep? its about 10-10.5 hours at night and 2-3 hours during one nap before noon.
Her nightly routine is:
-5-6p dinner (6:30p bath if necessary)
-7:00-7:30p baby massage with lotion, getting into pjs, making her bed, and storty time (she picks about 3 books a night)
-7:30-8:00p she 'reads' a book and plays quietly (also gets up to use the potty)
-8:30p *lights out (I let her know 10 and 5 minutes beforehand)
------------------------------------past bedtime-------------------------------
-9:00p (gets up and cries at door, let her use the potty one last time, then its back to bed)
-9:15p continues to cry at door, escape room, and play with toys
-9:30p (sometimes) finally asleep

I forgot to mention that she is fairly active during the day with physical activities like dancing as well as coloring, finger painting, playing outside, learning (ABCs/123s, shapes, colors), reading, and watching movies. Movies are generally in the morning and/or before dinner, sometimes after (like tonight). She is obviously tired, rubbing eyes and yawning she just fights sleep!


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Katherine - posted on 04/21/2012




Wow, it sounds like you have a great routine for her. Maybe her sleeping patterns have just changed.....maybe keeping her up 1/2 an hour later isn't so bad. Maybe cut down her nap time? Sometimes they're OVER active like mine and over tired and just can't fall asleep and relax. That's when I tell them they have to stay in their bedroom but they can read books.

Maybe after the books you stay with her for 10 minutes and then leave. She may need that extra time with you just to relax.

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