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bagpussmice Sat 02-Apr-05 19:54:43

up until about a week ago, in fact the weekend the clocks went forward, dd2 17.5 months would always go straight to bed at 6.30 - 6.45 and fall asleep almost immediately. Now, she goes to bed the same time, but plays in her cot shouting, chatting, crying - eventually falls asleep about an hour later. Wouldn't mind if she was waking later, but she's not - 5.30-6.00am most mornings... She only sleeps about an hour at lunchtime too.
I would try just putting her down later, but dd1 who is 3.5 is in bed at 6.30 -6.45pm and needs to go to bed then as she is so tired.... can't really put younger one to bed after eldest?
Feeling stressed!!!!

collision Sat 02-Apr-05 19:57:35

What about putting her down for a nap in the mornings too? Even if she doesnt sleep at first she will be having a rest and out of your way!!

It was on a babies thread that the more they nap in the day ie morning and afternoon (but not long periods of time) the longer they should sleep at night.

Seona1973 Sun 03-Apr-05 12:28:03

If your lo is taking a while to go to sleep at this time, there would be no harm in making her bedtime slightly later to see if she is more tired and sleepy then.

My (almost) 17 month old goes to bed at about 7.30pm and she sleeps till around 6.30-7am. She has 1 nap from 11.30ish and this lasts anywhere between 1-2.5hours.

All babies are different and your dd may not need as much sleep at night now.

bagpussmice Sun 03-Apr-05 12:45:10

thanks collision and seona...
dd2 used to have 2 short naps, one am and one pm but it still only amounted to 1 hour so I don't think that would make much difference.
I guess your right, perhaps she just doesn't seem to need as much sleep right now - last night she settled eventually about 7.40 pm and then was awake at 6.10 am chatting and playing happily in her cot...
dd1 sleeps much more at 3.5yrs - they are all different!

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