Hey ladies- what do you reckon about this...
So, Beni has gone to bed around 7 for a long time. We usually try to start her bedtime routine (every other night bath, pajamas, brush teeth, read book, say goodnight to daddy, nurse, sleep) by 6:30 or 6:45 and have lights out by 7 or 7:15.
For about two months now, we've changed the end of our routine to where she no longer actually nurses to sleep. I let her nurse for a while, then I sing a song, which signals to her we're almost done. When I finish singing she pops off, and then falls asleep on her own. I stay with her, but she falls asleep without nursing. Sometimes she resists the end of nursing and complains, and sometimes she doesn't.
The last week or so, since we returned from vacation, she has been pretty easy to pop off. She'll take a drink of water then, and then lay down. Then she'll lay there and I always think she must be pretty much asleep...but then next thing I know she's getting up again and moving around. For the last week, this has lasted at least until 8pm- so for a good hour! Last night was ridiculous, and took til 9.
To some extent she honestly doesn't seem tired- like, she's just still mostly happy and screwing around.
Do you think for some reason she is ready for a later bed time? Like I feel like maybe if we shot for an 8pm bedtime instead of 7pm, maybe she would be more tired and fall asleep more quickly... or do you think she honestly maybe needs to go down earlier... like she's hitting a second wind which is keeping her up or something?
I'm not sure what to do... I just know I can't take another night like last night!
(Also, I find myself wondering often lately... why doesn't pg.org have a sleep board? I mean there's a separate board for every other aspect of baby life... why not sleep?)