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  1. So my son is 19 1/2 months old and gets 16 ounces a day of toddler formula in a sippy cup (6 oz at wake up, 4 oz before nap and 6 oz during bedtime routine). He is now persistently peeing through his overnight diapers to the point that he is waking up at 5:30am when he normally sleeps until 6:30 or 7. We have a strong bedtime routine and he puts himself to sleep in his crib every night with no tears and every sippy we hold him on the couch and have snuggle time so he never takes them to bed. He is 27 pounds and in a size 5 overnight diaper that I have to overlap the tabs to get snug on his waist so I really think he would be swimming if I moved him up to a size 6. I’m wondering if anyone has any suggestions on how to eliminate the bedtime sippy without messing up our routine? Thanks!

    • @Selina – Thank you for stopping by our sleepy little village and for commenting! I remember I had this same issue with my son at that age except his beverage of choice was rice milk. We used diaper booster pads for a while, which was basically just a biodegradable insert that you line the diaper with before putting it on your toddler. They worked really great and if you’re interested I know you can find some out online or in some baby stores.

      When we were ready to wean him from the sippy so close to bedtime, I first bumped up the time I gave him his sippy from right before bed to about 45 min before bed and then introduced another wind down activity with a diaper change in his room before bedtime for about a month.

      Then I just gradually reduced the amount of milk I put in his cup from about 8 oz until I was at about 3-4 oz, which we stood steady at since I enjoyed that part of his nightly routine and he did as well. We didn’t get rid of it completely until he was ready at 4 years old and now we still snuggle before bed for several minutes a few years later! 🙂

      I hope this is helpful, Selina! Please stop back in to “see” us any time!

  2. Yes, it is working.

  3. I get confused bc read somewhere on site that 13 and a half hours normal amount of sleep for over one year old, but then the schedule suggestion for one nap is 5 hours till nap and 5 hours awake after nap, so where does the extra half an hour go? I have a 14 and a half month old baby who switched to one nap a couple months ago. I was doing a 5 and a half hour gap to nap which overtired him, so now I am going back down to 5-5hrs 15 gap to nap and then I have a half an hour window for bedtime depending how good his nap is. I find that normally the max he we will nap is 2h30 only and max of night sleep is 11hrs, he has done 3 hours a couple times when night sleep was max 10h30, so I do think 13h30 is right around the right sleep for him as in good mood when gets that but trying to figure out the right gaps. Also, right now doing 30 min range for bedtime since some days nap is 1h15 to 1h30 and leave in bed for 2hrs. This is find next few months but curious when would be okay to keep a steady exact bedtime as in six months will be putting him in daycare.

    • @Orlene – Thank you for stopping by our sleepy little village! Timing sleep can be a little confusing, that’s for sure – not to mention a headache at times! 🙂 It sounds like you’re doing a great job with your little guy’s sleep and following his rhythms to ensure he’s getting enough, which is great! Since we work with families all over the globe, it’s important to remember that the schedules and wake time averages and such we list are just average toddler sleep needs, as we know that some will naturally fall below and some above and the timing won’t always play out exactly right. Generally a toddler your son’s age needs between 12-14 hours of total sleep each day with about 5 hours of wake time, so if he’s at 13 – 13.5 hours of total sleep each day with about 5 hours of wake time, that sounds good.

      If you would like to make his bedtime more of a fixed bedtime, now is an okay time for you to do so. It’s also okay to expect or keep about 30 minutes of flexibility to that bedtime to account for “life” happening, too. This printable chart can help you a bit more in figuring out his bedtime: https://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-sleep-needs/baby-toddler-bedtime-chart/ and this one will help in understanding his total sleep needs now and as he grows: https://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-sleep-needs/baby-how-much-sleep/

      I hope this helps, Orlene! Hang in there and do stop in to see us again soon. 🙂

  4. What can i do for my 2yr 4month old son so ge won’t wake every hour during nights?
    He goes to bed at
    9:00pm
    Wakes around 12 am
    And then every hour trough the whole night like that
    Gets up in the morning around 7-9am mostly 7ish

    • @Agatha – Thank you for stopping by our sleepy little village and for your comment. Your little guy must be quite tired with such broken sleep as I imagine you are as well! I’m not sure how long this has been going on, if he sleeps on his own or if he still sleeps at all during the day, so what you’re describing could be due to a multitude of reasons such as his schedule, his need to learn a few better sleep habits, a change in what/when he’s eating before bedtime, a change to his bedtime routine, etc. Take a peek at this article as it outlines a few issues many parents encounter when dealing with their 2-year olds’ sleep as many 2-year olds go through another sleep regression that wreaks havoc on sleeping for a few weeks: https://www.babysleepsite.com/toddlers/5-things-about-2-year-old-toddler-sleep/ It may help you better understand what may be happening with your little guy.

      If he was sleeping well before this started and it’s not been going on for very long, it’s likely a regression that will pass in a few weeks. But if he wasn’t sleeping much better before this started and/or if this has been going for more than a few weeks, it is likely in need of some intervention. If the problem simply persists no matter what you do, you should consider connecting with one of our Sleep Consultants, who can help you dive deeply into this and narrow it down so she can help you break this habit and get some better sleep for your little man. You can read more about those ladies here: https://www.babysleepsite.com/about and our services here:https://www.babysleepsite.com/services

      I hope this is helpful, Agatha. Please stop in to see us again soon!

  5. 6 year old
    -Wakes up at 8, breakfast
    -Get ready for school until 9ish
    -Arrive at school at 9;30
    -get home at 3;30
    – has lunch
    – a one hour nap
    -play until 8;30
    -dinner
    – bedtime routine
    -bed at 9;30

    • @Ski – Thank you for commenting. I hope this schedule is working well for your family. Please keep reading!

  6. My almost 3 year told is waking at 5am for the day and is exhausted by 11am. Unfortunately she is in school until 11:45am and is acting out in school because shes so tired. She naps from about 1:30-3pm most days and goes to bed around 8pm. Please help with the early wake ups!

  7. 19months old my baby boy

    8 ~ 8:30 Wake up (milk 7 oz and breakfast)
    11:30 (Lunch)
    12:30-3 Nap for 2 or 3 hours
    3 (snack)
    4 (milk 7 oz)
    6 (Dinner)
    7 Bath
    7:30 (Snack)
    8:00 (Milk 4 oz)
    8:30 Sleep

    • @Hannah, thank you for sharing your child’s schedule. I hope that this schedule is working for your family, as it appears that your child is getting the recommended amount of sleep during the day and night. If your child is experiencing frequent wake-ups, or other sleep issues, I recommend our free guide just for toddlers: https://www.babysleepsite.com/toddler-sleep-training-secrets-free-ebook/

  8. My 23 month old has always taken 1 late morning nap, gone to bed at around 6:00-6:30, and slept until 5:30-6:00. I’m up at 5 for work so the early waking was fine. Now, he’s waking every morning at 3:00! Just wide awake and wanting to play! We have a new baby so I realize this could be a factor but I am desperate to end the 3:00 waking! Any help would be appreciated!

  9. Hello,
    My 2.5 year old has recently become the worst sleeper known to man. He has always had a very consistent schedule but lately wakes multiple times throughout the night crying and is up for the day between 5-6. I’m not sure how to resolve this. It has gotten so bad that my husband now sleeps in his room. Which is a habit we don’t want to create. His daily schedule looks like this
    5:30-6- wake
    6:30- breakfast and tv
    Playtime
    10- snack
    11:30- lunch
    12-
    12/1-nap time (usually 1.5hrs)
    2- snack
    Afternoon consists of play/outside time/errands
    4- snack
    5/5:30- dinner
    7/7:30- bedtime (consistent bedtime routine- book, teeth, diaper change, bed) – he CANNOT put himself to sleep without someone in the room with him.
    Suggestions??

  10. My 16 month old has been waking between 4:30-5:30 often crying, won’t go back to sleep. Trying to get him to sleep later. Here’s our current schedule.

    4:30-530 wake up
    6:30 breakfast
    7-8 independent play
    8-9:30 on the road running errands dropping older child off at school/snack
    10am home nap for 2+ hours
    12:30 lunch
    1-2 play
    2-3 on the road picking older child up from school
    3:00 snack
    3:30-5:30 play/reading
    5:30 dinner
    6:15 pre bedtime routine (bath, story,songs)
    7:00 bedtime usually asleep in 5-10 min

    • @Nichole, Thank you for reading! I am sorry you are struggling with early wake ups for your 16 month old. Here is an article from our site that may help: https://www.babysleepsite.com/tag/baby-waking-too-early/
      I know schedules can be tough when you are working around other kids, but if you can, you may want to try pushing his nap a little bit later and see if that helps anything.
      If the problem persists we are here so let us know and we can point you in the direction of our other resources. Thanks again for your comment!