How long does it take your DC to fall asleep at night?

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lottytheladybird Mon 06-May-13 20:37:17

My DS is 2y10m old. Sometimes it takes him an hour or more to fall asleep in the evening. How long does it take your DC to fall asleep at night?

PoppyWearer Mon 06-May-13 20:38:04

Forever, possibly longer.

PoppyWearer Mon 06-May-13 20:47:10

Sorry, that was unnecessarily flippant!

It does take them ages though. An hour I guess. Sometimes I do give up, I admit, and take them back downstairs. Especially if DC1 (school age) is asleep but DC2 (20mo) is howling. DC2 can always catch up on sleep the next day, DC1 needs to be well-rested for school.

mejon Mon 06-May-13 20:55:49

Up until around 6 weeks or so, 2.3 yo DD2 would be asleep within minutes. I've no idea what went wrong then. This evening it has taken an hour but has been up to 2. The first few weeks were worst, crying, tantrums, needing me sitting by the cot etc. but at least now she's happy to sit/lie in the cot and chatter or sing to herself until she drops off.

Gilberte Mon 06-May-13 21:00:05

My school aged DC falls asleep in minutes

My 2 year old who usually needs a nap but often resists it fights sleep a lot more. If she doesn't nap she goes very quickly. If she's had a nap no matter how long or how long ago it was she has often taken about an hour of going upstairs, coming back downstairs (if she's too twitchy), intense watching by me for sleepy signs and often a quick stroll in the buggy before finally she goes off.

Has your DS dropped his nap yet?

MiaowTheCat Mon 06-May-13 21:21:11

Normally my 13 month old is asleep within the 12 minute loop of music her cot music thing plays.

My 7 week old... another matter entirely.

lottytheladybird Mon 06-May-13 21:26:25

Gilberte - my DS1 usually still has a nap during the day, for which I'm thankful, as I have a baby, too, and they nap at the same time after lunch.

KatAndKit Mon 06-May-13 21:26:35

Too bloody long. It took an hour tonight.

ShowOfHands Mon 06-May-13 21:26:52

Nearly 6yo dd is asleep in less than a minute. She is impressive. I am the same.

DS is 20mo and it varies. Tonight he's been messing about for an hour so far. It can take minutes or hours with him.

britsgonemad Mon 06-May-13 21:45:19

DS1 has always been fab at night time and is asleep within 5 minutes after story and cuddles.

DS2 is 16 months old and still feeds to sleep so is asleep before I leave the room at 7pm (ish) but it takes a loooong bedtime routine of bath, teeth brushing, then a 20 minute feed which he falls asleep during. He does thank God stay asleep til 8am so I can't complain with either of mine.... so far!

CharlotteBronteSaurus Mon 06-May-13 21:49:32

dd1 - 6 - instantly sound asleep as soon as we confiscate her reading material for the night.

dd1 - 2.5 - usually messes around with her cuddlies for half an hour or so. last night was an hour but that's unusual. she's ok with me popping in and out though, so I'm not too bothered.

cornflakegirl Mon 06-May-13 21:51:05

Both my boys fall asleep quite quickly. DS1 has always been a good sleeper and likes his bed. DS2 is a bit of a sleep refusenik - he doesn't like to think he's missing anything exciting. Despite being four years younger than DS1 he tends to go to bed at the same time, meaning he is knackered and falls asleep quickly.

calypso2008 Mon 06-May-13 21:52:57

DD (5) about 3 minutes! Like me. smile

IwishIwasmoreorganised Mon 06-May-13 21:55:58

Ds's 7 and 4 are usually asleep within minutes of us saying goodnight.

BackforGood Mon 06-May-13 21:58:26

ds1 and dd1 (both teens) instantly
dd2 (11) about 2 - 2.5 hrs from when bedtime is first instigated.

omama Mon 06-May-13 22:06:58

Depends on if he naps or not! If no nap, DS (2.8) is usually asleep within minutes, but if he naps, he lays chatting for about half an hour before going to sleep.

Girlsville Mon 06-May-13 22:09:39

Dd1, 3.3, is asleep in two minutes as she no longer naps.
Dd2, who is just 2 and still naps, is awake in her cot for a minimum 45 minutes singing and joking before she falls asleep. Sometimes longer!

Imscarlet Mon 06-May-13 22:11:26

DD 2 1/2 - Goes down at 7, falls asleep around 9 with a nap during the day. Goes down at 7, asleep by 10 past without a nap. I think it's time to drop the nap!

Whatalotofpiffle Mon 06-May-13 22:23:41

My dd lies in bed humming or pressing the buttons on her princess torch for up to 15 minutes

GirlOutNumbered Mon 06-May-13 22:25:39

My DS1 lies in bed singing or playing for up to an hour. DS2 only has to look at his cot to fall asleep!

JacqueslePeacock Mon 06-May-13 22:29:27

Bloody days. Grrr.

TallGiraffe Mon 06-May-13 22:41:01

Tonight was a bad night to see this thread! After 3 1/2 hours, a walk in the pushchair, a trip in the car, 2 feeds, more singing and jiggling than is humanly possible 7mo has finally dropped off.

I'm off to bed before I have to do it all over again in a couple of hours sad

cece Mon 06-May-13 22:44:52

dd is 12. She goes up at 9pm. Often still awake at 10pm, sometimes past 10.30pm

DS1 goes to bed at 8pm (he is 9). He has terrible trouble getting to sleep. Usually anywhere between 20 mins (good night) or 2 hours (bad night).

DS2 (3 yrs) is often asleep within 10 mins. Tonight though it took him an hour as he had fallen asleep in the car late afternoon...

rrreow Tue 07-May-13 17:16:46

DS is 24mo and it can be anything between 10 minutes and an hour. He settles himself though so if he's awake he just babbles/sings to himself until he falls asleep.

Gilberte Tue 07-May-13 20:41:30

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gv6b0CretuE

Enjoy Samuel L Jackson reading this "alternative" bedtime story for adults(only)

PoppyWearer Tue 07-May-13 20:49:00

Thanks Gilberte, I love love love GTFTS.

Schoolchild DC1 asleep in five minutes tonight.

DC2 aged 20mo had a one-hour nap today so he'll be up for aaaaaages yet. Am going to take him back downstairs I think, DH will be home soon and he can try.

Sprite21 Wed 08-May-13 19:54:08

DD 20 months takes around 20 minutes but sometimes up to an hour and I have to sit there holding her hand while she falls asleep.
At least I can go on mumsnet with my phone while I wait.

ButtonBoo Wed 08-May-13 20:41:42

DD is 18mo. Some nights an hour, others 5 minutes! Sometimes I have to stay with her, some nights I can just kiss her and leave the room.

Some nights we have a whole hoo-ha....wants socks on, wants socks off, wants to cuddle her rabbit, wants the duvet on, off, wants me to play with her ears, wants music on, off, wants a cuddle, wants to keep getting up and kissing me, wants me to go away....anything but go to sleep.

Tonight was a good night. Kiss, cuddle, lay down, I left the room and she was asleep within 5 mins. Being that easy makes me suspicious the little madam will have me up 5 times during the night!!

Jayne266 Thu 09-May-13 20:52:49

DS 10 months and it takes him 15-30 mins

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