I will be returning to work on Jan 2 after ML. I have one child. I would like to get her fairly well established in a sensible sleeping routine before I go back- say 8pm to 7am. She currently has no routine, but is a great little sleeper.
So, how do I go about getting her to a point where she gets enough sleep overnight? I should say, she currently sleeps about from 11.30pm to about 9am, wakes up for a feed, and sleeps again from about 10-12. She doesn't really sleep properly them for the rest of the day.
I need to leave the house at 8 to drop her to nursery and get myself to work for 9am.
How old is she? Only one nap per day is rare in under 1s and that may be why she's sleeping so late in the morning. If you need to leave the house by 8 I would start getting her up at 7 in the morning and having breakfast, then try putting her down again for a nap at about 9.30. Make her afternoon nap later (after lunch, which is childcare settings is usually 11.30-12ish). You may find that getting more sleep in the day means she will go to bed earlier at night (sleep begets sleep).
We started encouraging a routine for our DD quite young; I went back to work when she was 6mo and DH is a SAHD. Figure out what routine you will need then try and move her towards it gradually. Don't worry if it all goes out the window one day, you start again the next.
This is what we have done for the last 6 months (DD now 1yo) I get up first and sort myself out DD up at 6:30, milk feed 7am all leave the house (DH and DD walk me to the station, I go to work) 8am DD has breakfast 12-1 ish lunch 5:30ish DD and DH walk to station and pick me up returning at 6ish 6:30 tea followed by Bath, milk, story and bed for DD (usually by 7:30 ish)
During the day she usually has 2 naps (roughly mid morning and early afternoon) but the times are irregular - we never managed to get a routine partly because of the different timings of groups she goes to.
What time will you get back from work/nursery in the evening? I'd use that to determine a sensible bedtime and take it from there.
It's a bit hard to say without knowing how old your lo is. I was very baby led when they were small but found that fixing bedtime gently encouraged them into establishing their own routine. I'd work on moving that bedtime back towards something more compatible with work.
I should be home by 6pm. The nursery closes at 6.15 so one way or the other that's the time I will have to collect her. The nursery is 2min walk from my house. DH is horrifically unreliable, time-wise so cannot be depended on for this task. So I'm guessing that 8pm bed is the way to go.
Jesus I'm not looking forward to this at all. Trying to get settled back in at work, wean DD, hope she's settled at the crèche, and the usual household crap. But everyone else does it, and so can I. I hope.