How long does it take your LO to get to sleep?

Holly - posted on 04/01/2011 ( 11 moms have responded )




Little Miss Holly can take up to an hr. It just seems some days she has to cry the world out!


Jenni - posted on 04/01/2011




It could be possible you're missing her sleep window. Babies have a 20-30 min sleep window. If you wait too long they become harder to settle because they are overtired. Try putting her to sleep a little earlier than you would normally. Try to pay close attention and catch her first eye rubs, yawns or other tired cues.

Renae - posted on 04/01/2011




Your baby is normal. Babies are the same as adults with the time it takes to go to sleep. Normal is 10 to 80 minutes. If she is crying she will take longer to go to sleep because she has to calm down first, if she is content and happy in her bed she will go to sleep in around a quarter of the time. Babies also take a lot longer to go to sleep if they are overtired. Familiarise yourself with tired signs and put her to bed as soon as you see them. Yawning is a sign of overtiredness in newborns and rubbing eyes is a sign of overtiredness in older babies. A consistent routine before bed or naps will prepare babies brain for sleep before they are even in bed.


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Shannintipton - posted on 04/02/2011




Hi Tara,
I dont know because Im in bed before them. But my kids are 4 and 8.{:+)
shannin tipton

Lise - posted on 04/02/2011




Usually under 5 minutes, on a bad day maybe 10-15. But we don't let our daughter cry; we help her to sleep.

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yup anywhere from 2 seconds to an hour or so depending on how tired whe is when bedtime comes around. She doesnt necessarily cry but will lie in her bed and play until she drops off.

Holly - posted on 04/02/2011




Our routine is Bath, close curtains, sing songs, and 2-5min cuddle and in bed for night and cuddle, sing songs for nap. I hope in time i get it sorted! She oly wakes once in the nite for a quick feed and then back to bed. Up at 5-5:30 and sometimes she will put herself back to bed for another hr.

Holly - posted on 04/02/2011




Well Holly is 71/7 mths old and we just moved herr into her crib. It has been 3wks. The thing is she wants to go to bed at 5:30-6pm and then up at 5-6am!!!!!! I have been trying to get her to stay up later! oh it is so hard she just went down for her napand hr ago and she is still in her crib playing!!!!!!!!!!! She is also playing her new game of sitting up! I have been moving her sleep time slowly up but she still will wake early and then she is over tired!!!!!! I wish i had it so easy!

Stifler's - posted on 04/01/2011




I agree with Jennifer and Renae, missing the sleep window is hell. As soon as you see eye rubbing or yawning... buh bye! Bed time! Unless they just woke up 5 minutes ago of course. There's also other stuff kids do when they're tired like mine pulls stuff out of drawers or gets frustrated and throws things, so we know it's nap time and he usually just goes in his bed and doesn't make a peep until naptime is over.

Carolyn - posted on 04/01/2011




So long as I get Logan down when he is ready to go to sleep, it will take at the most 10 minutes of him rubbing his stuffy against his face or rolling around to get comfortable. 90 % of the time, he is falling asleep before i even leave the room ( i literally walk in, lay him down, hit is musical crib toy , and off i go)

It really is about paying attention to sleep cues and acting on them. Keeping things low key before bed, avoid too much stimulation, and when baby starts to yawn and rub their eyes ( or whatever her cues may be), try to get them to bed within 20 minutes or so.

I know if i push it, i have a fight on my hands LOL.

our routine is bath, pj's & lotion, cereal, sippy cup of breastmilk or formula and a small cookie while watching his video, goodnight kisses and then bed.

Heather - posted on 04/01/2011




My 10 month old settles with in 10 mins. If he wakes during the night the longest is like 15 but he hardly cries when he wakes. I have a routine for bed and naps so he knows it is sleep time. bed is bath then diaper, lotion, jammies. As soon as jammie are on the door gets closed and all but a night light goes off.Then we look at a book once he book is done isit with him in the rocker and hum and rock. as soon as is eyes begin to close ( norm with in 5 min) I take him over to his cib say I love you its night night time. Give him a kiss then lay him down. I then turn off night light leave the room closng the door behind me. We have a video monitor so I watch him and he rolls all different ways till he is comfy and then he is out until the next morn. Nap is pretty much the sae minus the bath and lotion. I have a blanket over his window so his room is dim but light enogh to see a book. I found my son sleeps and settles better in a dark room. Also bed time and nap time happen the same time every day give or take 10 min.

Krista - posted on 04/01/2011




For the most part, my son has always settled relatively quickly. (He's 19 months old). We went through a bad spell where he'd throw a tantrum when it was time to put him in his crib, because he wanted me to hold him. So I did a switcheroo with my husband, and now I bath our son and my husband settles him for the night. It works great -- sometimes he'll be awake for a half-hour or more, but he usually just chats to himself or looks at a book.

What is your nighttime routine with Holly? Maybe there are some tweaks you can make so that she settles more easily.

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