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My dd is 13 months old. She's never been one to consistently nurse to sleep but oh my... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"><br><br>
I nurse her and when she's done she puts her pacifier in her mouth (she has to hold it in one hand the whole time) and then she closes her eyes. I think "oh boy, she's alseep" but the eyes pop back open and she's off. I lay her on the bed next to me and we begin the 40 minutes to 1 hour of rolling around, jabbering to herself, giggling, flopping some more, putting the pacifier in, taking it out, switching positions, lay on mommy, get off of mommy, etc. I pat her back but sometimes she'll reach back and remove my hand! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> It's actually pretty entertaining sometimes but it's wearing me out to go through this EVERY night. I pick her up and we go bounce on the exercise ball. Even then, her eyes are closed but her arms are in constant motion. We play a CD and she finally settles after about 3 songs. I read somewhere that one-year-olds have a hard time slowing down at the end of the day. Anyone else finding this?<br>
We didn't use to have to go through all of this. How long will this last?
 

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It really does sound like she needs things to slow down before she goes to bed. I suggest starting a quiet, calming bedtine routine up to an hour before you want to put her down. THe bedtime needs to be relaxing and an unwinding time for your dd. I do this with my 18 month old ds, adn have since he's been 5 or so months old and have never had problems with him going to bed (No, he doesnt sleep throught the night, but he does go down very easy!)<br>
Here's our routine- I have 830 as teh time I want ds down to go to bed. I watched his cues for awhile and 845 is when he gets cranky, and overtired so I picked 830 as a bedtime. You want to make sure your child really is tired at bedtime.<br><br>
730- dh gives ds a bath. this lasts a long time most nights--sometimes over 30 minutes. I have to reprimand dh sometimes not to get crazy in there though and to make the bath soothing and relaxing!!<br>
800- pjs on and music time- dh and him rock and listen to his lulllaby tape.<br>
810- brush teeth and hair.<br>
815- read stories in the rocking chair where the lights are dim and everything is quiet.<br>
830- I nurse ds to sleep- This usually takes 15 - 30 minutes.<br><br>
If I notice that he is getting cranky earlier, I start the routine earlier and we cutback some of the stuff, so that he can go to sleep.<br><br>
I really feel that toddlers especially need help calming down for the night. I think having a routine lets them relax and helps them know that it is bedtime.<br><br>
Good luck!
 
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