You probably wait a little bit too long to lay him down. Try not to overstimulate him when nap or bedtime is about 30mins away. What I've done since my son was a baby was start turning down lights. Even now at 2 1/2 when he sees me start turning off lights he starts to calm down. He's at the point where he'll actually start going around the house to say goodnight to things, go potty, and grab his toothbrush haha. Besides the lights, if you make sure he's not too stimulated around the time you want him to sleep, it'll be easier for you to notice his *tired* signs. Signs like rubbing eyes, little bags under eyes, yawning. These signs all come BEFORE your baby is overtired and much harder to lay down. Most of the time when a baby or child is fighting sleep and aren't sick or anything, it's because they're not getting enough sleep.
at 10:36 AM on Jun. 16, 2011