Originally Posted by LianneM
What happens if you push him at the 4pmish tired time? That'd be my strategy, I think. Do you have him at that time or is he with someone else? I would go for some kind of snack or activity at that time to keep him going as long as possible, so he's good and tired for bed.
Well, you called it. The sitter and I were having a discussion or a disagreement. We don't want her to put him down at 4 and have him sleep till 5 or so as its harder to get him to go to bed at night (which to be fair, just started happening). With sooo many factors going on (him being a crappy sleeper many nights) its hard to tell what is really going on with his sleep.
At home, he has 1 nap which we have been trying to push out past 11am so he doesn't wake up around 7am, nap from 11 - 1 then be up from 1-8. It seems like such a long stretch in the afternoon without sleep, I'd like him to take his nap a little later. I'm not sure if its the right thing to do, but it seems like there is such a huge gap between those times.
At her house, he sleeps from about 11-1 then from 4-5 or 5:15 (once till 6 grrr -- his dad had to pick him up that day so it wasn't until 6). He started having a difficult time getting down to bed lately, then again, he has had a difficult time waking up in the am and sleeping at night in general. The 6pm night he didn't go to sleep till 10pm. DH finally told her that we didn't want him to sleep pass 4pm last week. In her defense, he does at times take a snooze on the ride home from her house to our house, so he is tired.
I really don't care how long he sleeps or when he sleeps, I would like him to get the sleep he needs. On the other hand, I don't want to have to wake him up in the morning but I can't have him sleeping after around 7:15 the latest. I know his broken sleep in the middle of the night really effects the whole family. I don't know why he wakes up, he just does. We don't nurse, he never would (I pumped for 15 months and couldn't take it anymore.) He hasn't had anything to eat or drink in the middle of the night for months unless I think he is sick and thirsty or something.
OK. That was really long. Sorry. It went well beyond the whole nap question.