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Unwelcome shift to a later bedtime for a 15 month old

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Joshuasmum Mon 25-Jul-05 21:02:07

Okay, I am at the end of my tether on this one...
it is almost 9pm and my ds is still tossing and turning and moaning in his cot.
About a month ago he converted from a baby that we could barely keep awake beyond 7pm to one that doesn't appear to wantt o go to bed. On average he seems to go to sleep at about 8:15pm. This wouldn't be so bad if he actually slept in a bit, but he stil gets up between 6am and 6:45am and is then grizzly all morning because he hasn't had enough sleep.
He sleeps 1 hour 30 to 2 hours in the afternoon. I don't let him sleep beyond 3 if I can help it.
I tried putting him to bed a half hour later to tire him out a bit mre - no help.
I thought it was the light or the heat, but there doesn't seem to be a link.
I tried a quiet winding down in his room for 20 min before bedtime - no help either
We did have a new tooth come thro a couple of weeks ago, but how often do you blame it on teething...?
Any suggestions? Tonight he is STILL awake and I have just resorted to Calpol...

hunkermunker Mon 25-Jul-05 21:09:19

Can you try putting him down for a morning nap? DS often naps about 10 or 11 for a couple of hours, then is up until bedtime (which is about 8-8.30) - he wakes about 7.30-8am.

Joshuasmum Mon 25-Jul-05 21:14:31

Ds dropped his am nap about a month ago. Will only drop off if we happen to be in the car or out in the buggy at about 10am. At the childinder (3 days a week) he hasn't done an am nap for about 6 months. Reluctant to introduce one again since he seems to prefer sleeping after lunch. Sigh.....

Chuffed Tue 26-Jul-05 12:26:10

dd is exactly the same - I hope it is just an age thing. We had one night where she didn't sleep until 9.30 then woke up at 7am just the same.

Joshuasmum Wed 27-Jul-05 10:03:39

Any other ideas....?


Chuffed Wed 27-Jul-05 10:54:02

Had a good night last night Joshuasmum I'm wondering whether I'm missing a 'small' window of tiredness if you know what I mean. I cut out one story last night (she normally has 3), turned the lights off and it was only a little light as we don't have blackout curtains and I sat int he room and recited the very long version of itsybitsy spider rather than reading it as a story. I got a clap at the end but she seemed a lot more settled and ready to sleep last night compared to other nights so may try that again tonight.

Joshuasmum Wed 27-Jul-05 14:01:29

Thanks Chuffed! Will look at bedtime routine. Actually went to sleep last night just after 7 I thik that this was due to the previous late night and 2 days of short naps (what is up with that...?) We'll see what happens tonight! Hope it is ok for Thurs 'cause I have a friend babysitting so my dh and I can get our outing to the Theatre!

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