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#1 CuriousMe

Posted 05 February 2017 - 08:07 PM

I have a very active, happy 24 month old who wakes at about 6:30am but just won't go to sleep until 8:30pm.

She has a nap of about 2 hours, and if she wakes earlier (eg 1pm if woken after one hour) she will go to sleep a bit earlier (eg 8pm), but I would love for her to be asleep by 7pm.

So far if I try putting to bed earlier than 8pm she just takes forever to go to sleep. (Chatty, happy, but wanting me next to her, wanting to play, jumping in cot.)

Am I missing a window much earlier? Does anybody else have a just turned 2 year old who will go to bed early (eg 6:30) but will become hyper if bedtime is left too late?

Thanks very much.

#2 FretfulMum

Posted 05 February 2017 - 08:20 PM

I'm not sure I've got any solutions for you, but my DS (23mth) won't go to bed until 8 - 8.30pm most nights.

He wakes around 6.30-7pm, has a nap from 12.30-3pm and we try to get him into bed at 7.15pm at the latest. If we haven't missed the magic 'window' he will just chat to himself or play with a soft toy before falling asleep. If it's too late and he's gotten hyperactive running round the house, then it's screaming the second we leave the room and a constant demand for books to be read. He'll still fall asleep around 8.30pm though.

I've tried cutting back his nap but this just seams to make him more overtired/feral and difficult to get to sleep at night. It's also hard to get him into bed earlier than 7-7.15 as we don't get home until 6pm (on my work days). My friends child (same age) is very similar. I think they're just at the age where they are so inquisitive and learning that it's difficult to switch off.

#3 CuriousMe

Posted 05 February 2017 - 09:43 PM

Thank you - I think my DD sounds very similar to your DS. I also get home from work about 6 but might have to try getting her into bed around 7pm. Cheers.

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