how to make my little one sleep the whole night


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Marie - posted on 05/13/2009




Serendipity! We were talking to the god-father of our 1 year old tonight about exactly this subject!

His recommendation also goes with Susan's above. Short naps, in our case we are down to two 90 minute or less naps per day. He wants to play after breakfast for about an hour then down for nap number 1, up by 11, play, lunchtime then another nap until 5. I think the afternoon nap needs to be shorter then hopefully we'll be able to get him to bed before 8:00.

Hubby and I are both self-employed and not very good at rigid schedules ourselves, so getting Alexander on any type of routine has been difficult.

Stacey - posted on 05/13/2009




Try a bedtime routine, and put down to sleep earlier. This has saved our sanity. Seriously. My girl was not sleeping for months and months. We started a nice routine and an early bedtime and she's slept through the night for two months. She's in her crib by 7:30 at the latest and sleeps 12 hours. Apparently if they're overtired by going to bed too late then they'll wake up. I always thought that an 8 or 9 pm bedtime would make her sleep until 8 or 9 am. It totally backfired and we were up all the time for months.

Nila - posted on 05/13/2009




I add a little baby cereal to his bed time bottle, if he feels full then he seems to not want to get up. Also I never turn on the lights when he wakes up, I turn on the hall or bathroom lights that give me enough light to see what I am doing in his room but not enough to catch his interest. Hope that helps!

Tara - posted on 05/13/2009




a routine and schedule helps a lot. Make sure they are going to bed at teh same time everynight. Also when they wake up, dont talk to them, turn on the light, or feed them, etc.(assuming the are old enough they should be sleeping through the night without a feeding) just pat them or rub them and they should go back to sleep. If they know there is nothing to wake up for that might help them.

Suzanne - posted on 05/13/2009




Hi, a bowl of hot water, beside bed with drops of lavender r camoile oil. helps relax kids and should send fast asleep. works with my boy. Try it, should work.

Susan - posted on 05/13/2009




Hi Sonia, I'll be interested in replies to this myself! However general recommendations are to reduce daytime naps and tank them up with food before bed. Looking forward to the magic tricks other Mums have!!

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