What are you doing when he wakes at night? If you give him a bottle or rock him to sleep, you are rewarding his night wakings. If you go in to check on him, do not make eye contact, do not talk, do not turn on any lights. Do what you need to do and leave.
Are you forcing him to stay up or drop the nap to get him super tired? BAD IDEA. Overtired kids sleep WORSE. They have a harder time falling asleep and staying asleep. This is simple biology.
Get him into sunlight within an hour of waking in the morning
Make certain he naps but don't let him sleep longer than 3 hours before bedtime.
Have a good bedtime routine.
He needs 12 to 14 hours of sleep a day. Figure out how many hours he gets a day and how many at night... figure out what time you need to get him into bed. If that means he's in bed so early that parent(s) coming home from work don't get to play with him - oh well. Sleep is critical to proper development, there are years ahead
at 12:37 PM on Jul. 1, 2008