So, my little guy had a pretty decent sleep routine going for a while there. Beginning at 6:30, it was dinner, potty, bath, book, rocking with music (until *almost* asleep), then snuggling in the bed. All done by 7:30 or 8. Well, recently, that last step has become kind of a disaster. When I go to lay down with him, he starts crawling all over me, throwing (and then tearfully demanding) his lovely, walking to the door and pounding on it, running around, giggling, etc.
The thing is, he's pretty clearly *TIRED*, just not *sleepy*. He's fussy and frustrated with everything. He rubs his eyes. But he also has crazy energy. If we let him stay up later, he still wakes up at 6 am (I'm just like this, too--it doesn't matter when I go to bed, I wake up at 7). He doesn't take a longer nap the next day either--he's just a cranky mess.
I've tried everything I can think of---we're outside running around almost all day, we have a routine that he understands. None of it seems to be working right now.
Also, we're expecting #2 in September, and I really can't handle this bedtime madness WITH a new baby.
I do have a sleep tent for him (which we've used on vacation), and I've thought about putting him in that (after the rocking), with it zipped so that the screens are down but the opaque walls are up, with his lovies and a few books, and just telling him that I'll sit right where he can see me, but he has to stay in there and it's time for sleep. I think he might be big enough to understand that.
Two complicating factors:
- We live in VA, and it is eleventy-thousand degrees here. We were having some trouble with the routine before this, but now...wow.
- Car naps. Car naps are the devil. A lot of the time, I pick him up from the sitter's, and he falls asleep for the 20 minute ride home...and then feels like he's been sleeping forever
I'm desperate for any thoughts or advice from parents who have been there, done that.