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Ds is 8 months old and we are doing the NCSS... for real this time. I'm stuck on the nap and bedtime routines, though. For nighttime we start at 7 pm (unless he looks sleepy earlier) and its bath, pj's, two books, prayers, nurse and snuggle, then dance to sleep.<br><br>
So, what do I do when it doesn't work? The last 4 nights he went to sleep (taking as short as 20 minutes and as long as 1.5 hours from bath to shuteye), but tonight it was No Dice. I was getting irritable, so now he's just playing happily in the floor. DS - 1, Mom - 0 <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br><br>
I even started early - at 6:40, when I noticed him yawning. Aargh.<br><br>
Is it best to just keep on doing the last step, even when he is fussing, and hope I last longer than he does? Do I give up and try again tomorrow? If I give up, is it best to redo some of the steps of the routine to make the point?<br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/help.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="help">
 

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I also read this book and tried it and my dd said no way! But in answer to your question i think that you can give up on the last step if the baby doesnt go for it and start all over the next day!<br>
you may also want to read "Sleeping Through the night" by Jodi Mendell<br><br>
good luck, sorry to hear about your hard time
 

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We did this, except nursing to sleep. At first ds was resistant, but then he got into it. Now he is down most nights by 8 or 8:30 PM.<br><br>
Some things to be aware of: if he is teething, or he is working on walking or crawling or standing (or eating or whatever), or he is really tired, it's harder. If the sky is still light out when you want him to go to sleep, it's <i>much</i> harder. I recommend that if that is the case, that you put curtains or other window treatments on your windows that darken the room significantly.<br><br>
Another thing that makes bedtimes tough is nap irregularities. If the baby is napping for a reasonable duration, that actually helps bedtimes go well. If there are two naps, make sure that the later one doesn't go too late!<br><br>
Stay cool, it was around 11 or 12 months that my ds got really into bedtimes because he realized that the singing was going to lead to nursing and sleeping. Also, at 8 months you can probably do it with only one book.
 
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