I have a dilemma and have no idea how to fix it. Baby K is turning nine months on thursday and she still doesn't have a good bedtime routine. She sleeps late, probably the only baby who sleeps at that time. No matter what I do, she just refuses to sleep. If she ever does sleep, she will just wake up after an hour or two and start playing. I'm going crazy because I always get the "why isn't she still sleeping? All babies are meant to be asleep at 7pm". I know that and I've tried everything but it's just not working for her.
|I always get this face whenever I tell her it's bedtime|
She gets roughly 10-12 hours of sleep at night and have two naps during the day. She just doesn't sleep at the right time. She eats her dinner around 6 to 7 at night, plays after that and before 9 pm, she has already taken a bath. I'll read a bedtime story or two and then try to nurse her to sleep. She will nurse but after 30 minuses, she will let go as if she just acquired more energy and play. Even though the room is fairly quiet and dark, she will stand up, tap and shout until I notice her. It varies every night. If she ever get to sleep at 9:30 pm, she will wake up just before 11:30 pm and will play and wait especially since that is the time that her daddy comes home from work. Other nights, she just continue to play even though she's so tired. She fights sleeping and it's kind of annoying because I've tried everything to make her fall asleep. Last night, I tried leaving her on the crib but the sound of her crying just doesn't sound right so I picked her up again.
I actually don't know how we got to this routine because in her first few months, she sleeps just fine. She might have included in the routine the time when her daddy comes home. It's driving me insane because I know she's so tired but then she doesn't want to sleep and because of that, I lose sleep by thinking of ways on what to do. I think it will be a little difficult to do a proper bedtime routine since all three of us sleep in one room. Her cot is just across our bed. Another is that just outside our room is where the TV is and it's always noisy because the loud volume. So yea, that is my biggest dilemma. That's why I always make sure that Baby K gets her naps during day time. Her day time nap schedule is working, it's just the bedtime routine. How about you, how did you manage to implement a bedtime routine to your little one? Any advices?