Monday, 3 October 2016

Bedtime routine improvement

This time last year Joey's bedtime routine and ability to fall asleep were pretty bad. I'd got into a bad routine of letting him fall asleep in our bed and he didn't like it when it was time to put him in his own bed. Over the past few months we've been seeing a massive improvement.

I used to really dread bedtime as it was never straightforward with Joey. Over the summer months it has been more difficult getting him to bed while its still light outside but i still managed to get him to sleep by staying in the room until he drifted off. Over the past few weeks we have been taking Joey up to bed and he's been able to fall asleep by himself without kicking off. This has meant that me and the husband can actually spend the evenings together or i can actually watch the tv for once.

The other day, Joey didn't have a daytime nap so he had his tea, bath and then by 6.15pm he was asleep in bed and he then woke up at 7.30am the following day which is a new record for him. Its fantastic that things aren't difficult anymore getting him to bed but it hasn't been without it's issues. 

The most important thing though is establish a good bedtime routine and stick to it, the more your toddler knows that its time for bed the easier it will get. Daytime naps are really important too, Joey always used to have 2 naps during the day around 11am and then 3pm but he has now dropped down to 1 nap a day which has to be before 3pm as to not interfere with bedtime. If he doesn't a nap he loses his shit at around 4pm and I have to rush tea in order for him to stay awake for his tea.

At the beginning of this year i really did wonder whether we would ever have a full nights sleep again as things were so bad. What works for one family won't work for everyone so if you are having trouble getting your child to sleep at night you just have to figure out whats best for you as a family. If you have a couple of bad nights just keep perservering with it. Even though we seem to have nailed bedtime now, it definitely didn't come easy.
Do you have problems getting your child to sleep at night?

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