Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Sleep, baby, sleep

We've been having issues with Joseph's sleep since the time change. He typically goes to bed around 7-7:30 and has been waking up around 5am. According to things I've read, he should be sleeping in total about 13 hours a day at his age. His naps are not consistent, and range from 1.5-2.5 hours (1.5 being the norm and 2.5 being an awesome exception).

I think on average he's been getting about 12 hours of sleep every day. I'd like him to get more, but I'm not sure what to do. Currently we're doing some "controlled crying" in the morning, and I'm hoping that'll get him up to 11 hours overnight (and at least till 6am for mama and daddy's sakes!).

I'm considering moving his bedtime to 8pm, but he tends to wake up at the same time in the morning regardless of how late we push bedtime. On the other hand, I don't want to be unrealistic by thinking he can consistently sleep 11+ hours overnight (from 7:30-6:30 ideally).

Any ideas from the parents out there? He's 20.5 months old. Is his bedtime to early? Expectations too high? Is this just a phase we have to ride out? He crashes quickly at night at his current bedtime and is usually exhausted by nap time since he's up at 5am.


Kim November 23, 2010 at 2:37 PM  

I would try putting him to bed earlier, not later. My son is the same age. He used to go to bed at 6pm, but for the sake of convenience, we've been putting him to bed by 6:30pm now. He will sleep until almost 6am (thanks to the time change) now and then take a 2-3 hour nap during the day. Hope that helps!

Sara H November 23, 2010 at 6:18 PM  

I agree with the previous poster, try to put him to bed earlier. It seems counter productive but it works. My son goes to bed at 6:30 and will sleep until 7 am. His nap is only one hour long typically but with the sleep I can get in it's fine with me.

Whitney November 23, 2010 at 8:29 PM  

putting to bed earlier worked for Will when he was younger, but not anymore. we had to push his bedtime later - he goes down around 8-8:30 and he usually gets up around 7 or 8:30. Of course, you know that I'm probably the WORST person to give sleep advice!

Jamie November 24, 2010 at 2:10 PM  

We go to bed around 7:30 and get up usually at 6:30 but at lot of times it takes Lauren until 8:00 to fall asleep. I notice that when she sleeps more during the day or goes to bed earlier, she sleeps better at night. Good luck!

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