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how do i get my 16month old on a better sleep schedule?

he dont go to sleep till 7am and gets up at 3 or 4 pm... and that is when i sleep its so hard on me.. And my hubby what should I do?


Asked by Anonymous at 7:20 AM on Jul. 29, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Does he nap? Did his nap time become his main sleep time? If so, I'd try waking him a couple hours earlier than usual (he will be crabby), making his "morning" super-exciting, with lots of bright light and fun activities, then slowing down and doing calming stuff in a dimly-lit room around the time when you can anticipate him going to sleep. I'd keep doing this a little earlier each day, until his circadian rhythm get reset to daytime wakefulness. I suspect you'd have a bad couple of weeks (crabby, difficult child) until he resets his clock. Also, with naps, don't let them go for too long until he's back on a daytime schedule--two hours max.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:50 AM on Jul. 29, 2009

  • Wake your son at 5/6am, then lay him down for a morning nap two hours later. Only let him sleep 1 1/2-2 hours. Then lunch around 11:30am, and another nap around 12/1pm. Let him sleep up to two hours and wake him. Bath around 6pm and book/bedtime around 6:30/7pm. Stick with enforcing the routine for a week or so and he should fall into it on his own.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:49 PM on Jul. 29, 2009