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Why is my 1yo so cranky at bedtime?

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wish1406 Tue 28-Feb-17 15:20:54

I wonder if anyone else has this problem? My 1yo is awful to put down at bedtime! He naps like a pro in the day. I always give him a bottle before his morning and afternoon nap as well as bedtime (6oz for each) and I can literally put him down in his cot and leave the room. He will then spend upto half an hour playing or chatting to himself before rolling into his tummy and sleeping.
Bedtime however is a nightmare. We start his routine at 6pm. I cream him up (he has eczema so bath only once a week) then we put pyjamas on followed by stories or quiet play with daddy. By 6:30 he starts to show tired signs (yawning and rubbing eyes / getting a bit grumpy) so we go to his room, put on some music (same as at naptimes) and he has his bottle. This time he goes nuts if we try to just put him down and walk out. We (myself or hubby - not both) stay in his room and rub is back or just sit there beside his cot sushing and saying sleepy time. He stands up, throws his dummy's around the room and generally screams at us (lots of tears) we try not to pick him up but keep laying him down or pat the bed and encourage him to lay down. Some nights this can go on for an hour. We creep out the room but sometimes even when we think he's asleep he catches us out and starts screaming and standing up again.
Most nights he's asleep by 8pm after an hours ordeal and generally he sleeps through until 7ish in the morning. Some occasional night waking where he may be itchy (we give piriton) or needing his dummy back that he's lobbed across the room. Or just a quick pat. Occasionally like last night he will be wide awake and hysterical. We can only assume on these occasions he is teething or in pain so we end up giving calpol.

Anyone with any advice on the bedtime routine or ideas we can try for this and for the night waking would be gratefully received. Thank you

Wishiwasmoiradingle2017 Tue 28-Feb-17 15:22:14

Bedtime too early??

Mol1628 Tue 28-Feb-17 15:25:28

Bedtime too early or nap too late?

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