(I initially posted this in the sleep forum a few days ago, but since I haven't gotten any responses I thought I'd throw it out here to all you Toddler folks. Hopefully you all will have something to say!)
We have more or less always co-slept with our 27 month old. For the last year or so he has started the night in his own bed and sometime during the night moved into our's and he either nurses to sleep or is walked by his dad - all of which is totally fine for us. The issue is the timing of nighttime sleep and nap. He currently goes to sleep anywhere from 8 to 11pm and sleeps until anytime between 6:30 and 9am. Nap happens anytime from 11 to 1 pm and lasts anywhere from 1 to 3 hours, and some days he doesn't nap at all.
He's been at home with me or my husband so the wildly varied schedule hasn't really been much more than annoyance, but he will be starting a Montessori toddler program in January and I think we need to get a routine established so that his school schedule does not conflict horribly with his sleep schedule.
Ideally he would start going to bed between 7 and 8 pm and wake up at about 6:30. Nap would happen after school, 12:30 or 1ish. (School is 8:30-12:ish, and we need to be out the door by about 7:20 to take his older sibs to school too.)
Anyone ever moved from a really wild child-determined schedule to something a lot more structured? What steps do we take to help our son get settled into a more routine sleep pattern? Help please!
Any help or thoughts will be greatly appreciated!