Thursday, July 28, 2011
Ask The Gentle Mom: Bedtime
How do you get your son to sleep so late? -Joanne
Joanne, it's actually pretty simple: we put him to bed late!
Now, I know the common wisdom is that babies should be asleep before 9:00, but that just doesn't work for Trey. His entire life, he's always preferred going to bed late and then sleeping in. When he was much younger, and everyone was constantly telling me my son was up too late, I actually tried moving his bedtime earlier. It didn't work, at all. He was miserable, and so were we.
These days, we allow Trey's bedtime to be dictated by his body's natural rhythms. That means he's usually up until at least 10:30 at night, and sometimes as late as 11:30. He generally sleeps until 10:00 or 11:00; the other day, he didn't get out of bed until almost noon! And on those rare occasions when we have to wake him up early, he's grumbly and irritable straight through until his nap. My son is just not a morning person!