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Old 03-24-2013, 08:28 PM   #1
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At what age..

Do you start a strict bedtime? My 6 month old has started waking up 30 minutes after bed time every night and staying awake for hours fighting me on sleep. We do the same routine every night and she previously was not doing this. I'm starting to get worried she's not going to fall in line with my toddler and I'll never get any "me" time!!
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We start at birth. 8:00 is bedtime here. I take baby up to my bed, nurse and fall asleep while I watch TV. (They don't sttn, but its a routine for us).
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Ummm...I don't know. I guess when my kids were preschool age and no longer co-sleeping? We are night owls, so even if the baby falls asleep at 8, he'll be up partying from 9-11 or so. Bedtime for preschoolers through elementary or middle school was between 9-9:30. Now the high schoolers go to bed whenever. My 16 yr old does not sleep so he's up til 1 even on school nights.

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Re: At what age..

Some time around 9-12 months my kiddos have fallen into a bedtime around 8. I follow their lead. DD2 went to bed around 11 until she was about a year old.
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Some time around 9-12 months my kiddos have fallen into a bedtime around 8. I follow their lead. DD2 went to bed around 11 until she was about a year old.
Yep here too (only 7pm instead of 8), now that didn't mean they didn't take a "nap" around what some would consider bedtime, but it was usually only for a couple of hours when they were younger, and then would wake up for a diaper change, to eat, maybe even play a little bit before going down for the night.

Bedtime was a several hours long struggle before that point to get them asleep and to stay asleep, where as they went to bed so nicely at a later hour until they were a bit older. I didn't see it as worth the struggle if they were happy snuggling on my lap for a few more hours. All settled into a good bedtime around a year though and have slept 12 hours a night since then.
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I was successful with the 2, 3, 4 idea. First nap is 2 hours after they wake up in the morning, second nap is 3 hours after they wake up from first nap, and bedtime is 4 hours after they wake up from second nap.
This works when they take two naps a day. DD dropped to one nap around 9-12 months. I don't remember when she went from three to two naps. When she took 3 naps, she would cat nap from 6-11pm and then go to bed at 11pm.

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I started at birth. Which means that I would do her bath, jammies, etc at the same time every night. Of course, she didn't sleep through the night, she just went down for a nap and was up to feed two hours later

Personally, 6 seems really early - I can imagine that would be hard to go down that early unless they were getting at like 5am. But 6 might be what works best for you. Might need to try to adjust nap times so it's been awhile.

Also there is a 4 month sleep regression that extended to 6.5 months for my DD. she woke up a lot to play during that time. Another one at 9months that you might be just starting early.
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[QUOTE="EmilytheStrange"] I started at birth. Which means that I would do her bath, jammies, etc at the same time every night. Of course, she didn't sleep through the night, she just went down for a nap and was up to feed two hours later
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We started around two weeks. By the time I went back to work at 10 wks a routine 6-7 pm bedtime but we are an early rising family. For a while she was falling asleep at like 5 but bedtime has been 6-7 pm for two years now. "Strict" is relative - we are usually bathed and jammies on around 7, so reading/prayers/snuggling/endless sips of water til 730. But the actual time can vary by 30 mins either way, i take her lead on how tired she is.
I would think about your latest nap and try to reduce/move it forward.
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Re: At what age..

3-6 mos for a bedtime, IME.
What time is bedtime at? What times are naps during the day? If the 3rd nap is still emerging, you might need to skip that one.
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