It was all so easy a couple of months ago...She napped for 2 hours in her cot at 11.30 and went to bed at half 7, waking about 7. Ignoring the fact she didn't sleep through and still doesn't. Now her nap is getting later and later (still is still awake now) and bedtime is getting later and later (half 8ish)
What do you do with your toddler? And how do you make them sleep?!
I've tried varying bedtime for half 6-half 8 and she just wont drop out early.
Nap are usually easier than today but are at 11 when she has a v late night and early morning. Every other day its a battle to get her to sleep.
ps all my friends think Im mad to have a set routine but i need it for my sanity and because we are up at 7 most days for work and i worry a lot she doesn't sleep enough.
Firstly, you're not mad for expecting a toddler to be in a routine, in fact a lot of the toddler books refer to predictable routines as an essential to avoiding the inevitable toddler tantrums (in terms of them knowing what to expect when, and not getting too hungry/ tired). That being said, a bit of flexibility with times etc isn't the worst thing.
I have the same challenge with my 23 month old DS, he will still have a nap for a good 2-3 hours but I really have to try to get him down just after 12 or it gets too late. Two key things I find that work are a) taking him out in the morning to burn lots of energy (usually to the playground, or letting him walk some of the way on an outing holding onto the buggy); and b) if he hasn't woken up naturally from his nap, waking him up at a set point so it doesn't affect bedtime. For us this is about 3:15-3:30pm for an 8pm bedtime. Hope this helps, good luck.