Apparently there was an interesting Twitter and Facebook conversation on Wednesday night on my hot button topic – and I missed out. It was about getting littlies to sleep.
- I know that some interesting Twitter conversations seem to happen during the time I’m battling to get my bub and toddler, Lil S and Miss T to sleep. That’s when everyone else can finally chill out.
- I know the general consensus is that bedtime is between 6.30-8.30pm for most parents so we must be the only ones who fall in the 9.00-10.30pm range. (Well, maybe not, but no one else is owning up. Hey, it’s lonely out here!)
- I know that if there’s a way to dilly-dally at bedtime, Miss T will find it. “I’m hungry, I’m thirsty, Where’s my [insert favourite toy for the day]?, I want to kiss baby sister, I need two cuddles, I want a story, I want to sleep in mummy and daddy’s bed, I need to poop.”
- I totally go with the idea that they will sleep when ready, rather than parents forcing it. But I know that unless we fuss and push, Miss T’s “ready” seems to be 9.30-10.30pm and not 6.30-8.30pm like most other littlies. A catch 22!
- I know that cutting back the afternoon nap Miss T takes at childcare would make her more tired for bedtime, but she is not quite able to hold out till 7pm without a nap and would miss dinner and wake hungry at 11pm and ready to play anyway (it’s happened – photographic evidence above).
- I know that if I mull it over, Miss T’s delayed bedtime tactics might be about trying to spend time with me when I’m usually trying to give the bub, Lil S her final cluster feeds of the day. But this delays the bedtimes for both littlies.
- I know that Lil S will either catnap until about 9.30-10pm, or alternatively won’t go back to sleep after her late afternoon nap for up to 6 hours. So far, this is only remedied by 2-3 cluster feeds 30-60 minutes apart which will finally send her to la-la land for at least 3 hours before the next waking.
- I know that hubby and I, especially hubby, are night owls. Maybe it’s genetic??? Or maybe we need to be better role models. (Is there even such a thing as a sleep role model???)
- I know that until we can change or rearrange something around here, none of us is ever going to go to bed at a reasonable time, and there will be no other bedtime shenanigans of the “Ooo-la-la!” variety for a very long time to come!
Anyone care to share any tips to put us out of our misery? Thanks in advance!
P.S: I know that it’ll all eventually work itself out, one fine day. It’d just be nice if it were sooner rather than later!