Anyone else? Anyone figured out a brilliant solution?
I feel like I must be doing something wrong, but I've tried changing various pieces of his bedtime without much success.
only thing that works here is skipping the nap. then bedtime is a breeze around 7:30 or so. Course, some days he really, really needs a nap! Those days he won't pass out till 10-11. Uuuggghhh. So, the way to keep it the least painful is to not even start the process till 9:30.
We are currently in a "not so good" phase of bedtime - taking a long time - but a few months ago I transitioned from cuddling in bed with my daughter to sitting in a chair and reading to myself with a flashlight. Now, at least if it takes a thousand years (feels like that, right?) I can read. Interestingly, my daughter was REALLy clingy at bedtime and was into controlling how I lay on the bed and everything, so I figured this would be a tough sell but it worked pretty quickly. My daughter is almost 3 and as far as I can tell the speed which she will go to sleep goes through various phases. *shrug* (though being outside and getting lots of active play probably helps!) Good luck. You have my sympathy!!
Also, he's been waking up at 5 am in his bed and comes to our bed which is ALSO driving me nuts. He is regressing. I don't know if it's because I'm pregnant or if he's going through a growth spurt or what but since he was 4 months old, we've never really had an issue with bedtime / length of sleeping until now. It's. Just. Awful.
I'm sorry you are having a rough time getting your little man off to sleep. What I do with Juniper is read her a bedtime story. It's become habit since she started talking, but when she seems uninterested, what I do is play teddybear hide and seek. We have a little knitted teddybear dressed in green bib-and-braces called Little Ted. I get Juniper to shut her eyes while I hide him. Juniper looks around, but she follows my eyes and soon finds it. I 'walk' Little Ted, bouncing along her bedclothes as she laughs. I find this tactic very useful when she can't sleep.
There is hope! You just have to find what works for your family. It may take some trial and error, but this too shall pass!