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Default How do you get a baby to sleep earlier? – 12-22-2008, 01:36 PM

My baby sleeps about 12 or 1 AM and if he does sleep a little earlier he will end up waking up an hour later and not sleeping again. I would really like him to sleep earlier and sleep through the night. He is 8 months old. Any ideas?
   
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Default 12-28-2008, 11:47 AM

The obvious choice is"cry it out", since he’s 8 months… it is an option.. 1Am is WAY too late.otherwise:Routine, Routine, Routine.If he always sleeps around 12AM, develop a routine that starts around 11:45– maybe its a soothing bath, a bedtime book, a bottle, etc.Do it for a week at a time when he goes to bed normally. Then move it forward 5-10 minutes a day. If you do the same routine each time, this should help.Also, try varying your day– does he nap a lot or is he active?My daughter plays on this toy (she’s only 3 months) that involves her kicking a foot pad and watching this thing spin….so she’s kicking and kicking and kicking– she wears herself out. Sometimes I look over and she’s fallen alseep on her blanket on the floor, one foot still half on the toy. Maybe he simply needs to be more active to tire himself out.Or if its the opposite– and he’s TOO stilumated, you can try sitting with him, talking, reading, rocking, etc, to calm him down.
   
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Default 01-25-2009, 03:16 PM

go to my question I asked the same question but in the form of twins. I got alot of good answers. best wishes
   
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Default How do you get a baby to sleep earlier? – 07-27-2011, 06:48 AM

The first thing you need to do is understand that you are the mom and YOU are the one who decides when bedtime is. Not your daughter. I don’t know how old your child is. My son is 8 months old and is on a great schedule. He’s up at 7 and then goes back down at 9. He gets up around 11 and then goes back down at 2 or so. He sleeps until 3:30 or 4 and then I put him to bed at 8. It will take some time to change her routine, but trust me, you’ll not regret it. You may also have to listen to her cry a little. It’s okay and she won’t be scarred by it. Put her to bed and then leave the room. If she cries then wait 5 minutes and go back in and pat her back. DON’T PICK HER UP! Lay her back down and then leave again. The first night it will tak a while, especially if she’s used to being up later. I’ve done it and it works. It will be hard on your emotions, but don’t give up. After 3 or 4 nights it will be SO much better. GOOD LUCK!
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