How i get my 1 year old to sleep

How I get my 1 year old to sleep without any fuss!

I’m pretty sure every parent dreams of being able to put their child to bed without any fuss or crying, and without having to rely on cry it out or the dreaded cuddling to sleep, there’s nothing worse than getting your baby to finally sleep and lowering them slowly into their cot and bam eyes wide open and crying starts again and your back at square one.

Today I am going to share with you, my tips and advice on how I got Logan to go to sleep fuss free and in less than 5 minutes! Logan is now 1 years old so some of this advice may vary from baby to baby so don’t quote me on this.

I’m not going to lie it wasn’t easy, getting any baby to learn the falling asleep on their own skill takes time and a lot of patience. The first thing to do before anything is to establish a bedtime routine, it doesn’t mean you have to give them a bath every night just as long as you do the same things every night to let your children know that it’s nearly time for bed, whether that be their favourite bedtime song, a book, getting them into their pyjamas, changing their nappy and saying its nearly sleep time. Consistency is key with any kind of routine.

Here is Logan’s bedtime routine;

  • 5 pm – Logan has his tea
  • 6 pm – We will let him watch the CBeebies bedtime hour as this really helps him, plus he adores In the night garden
  • 7 pm- We’ll put his Pyjamas on and he’ll have his milk in a bottle (though I’m trying to get him onto Sippy cups he just won’t take them)
  • 7.30 pm – I’ll take him up to bed, give him last of his milk, say goodnight, love you, place him in his bed and leave the room (At this point he is quiet and doesn’t cry at all, as is so accustomed to his bedtime routine and he knows that when it’s bedtime it’s sleep time, I think myself lucky, to be honest as I know most babies still don’t sleep. (Also bedtime may be a bit later if it’s bath night or if he had a late/danger nap in the afternoon)
  • 5/6 am – Is usually when Logan wakes up for the day, however, there are some exceptions and those are when he’s ill or if he’s not had enough to eat during the day before that’s when he’ll wake in the night but it’s usually just the once.

having a danger nap

So I hope that routine kind of helps you in some ways, feel free to use this routine and tailor it for your own toddler or baby. Let me know how your baby sleeps, I’ll be interested to know if any of you have any other successful methods in getting your child to sleep without any fuss?

I have also written another blog post related to sleeping, you can check that out here.

 

Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday

 

16 Comments

  1. Definitely agree that routine is key! Little Man has had a routine which has only changed minimally (because of his age, i.e. no more bottles, nappy changes etc) over the last few years. He had a routine from about 4 weeks old and I definitely put his great sleeping down to that. Sounds like you’ve got this sussed! Well done you. Thank you for linking up to #TriumphantTales, I hope to see you back again next week 🙂

  2. I applaud you! Despite having a similar routine in place (and having had one since about 12 weeks!) my 10 month old is VERY resistant to any attempts to put him down in his cot. Ewan keeps the crying at bay – until I leave the room! I’m hoping that one day he’ll just turn a corner?! Well done Logan – what a dream you are at bedtime 🙂 #triumphanttales

    1. Thank you it wasn’t easy but we’ve got there and im super happy we have of course we have off days especially during leaps but mostly he sleeps really well

  3. Oh gosh, he sounds like a dream. My little one is 18 months old and has ever been a good sleeper. Her bedtime was always anywhere from 10pm-2am, and sometimes still is if she teeths etc. We tried a routine but it always went out the window as she fed every hour for the first three months so was pointless. Then from 3-6 months old, she fed every 1 and half to 2 hours – exhausting! She sleeps pretty well now though, however she still wakes up at least once in the night. Your routine sounds like bliss, if only my little one could sleep that early and we could have our evenings back. #TriumphantTales

    1. Thanks i know, i count myself lucky to be honest and i really didnt think we would get to this point as my partner and I disagreed with a lot to do with his routine he wanted to cuddle him to sleep but i knew it would create bad sleep associations, xx

    1. Yeah i know, there are some days where the routine just doesnt work especially if we’ve been out somewhere and we dont get back till way past his bedtime x

  4. Great bedtime routine! Eco used to go down for the night at 6pm but since the clock changes it has shifted anywhere between 8-10pm. Currently working on transitioning him into his own cot and out of our bed + night weaning (he wakes to nurse) but something tells me I have my work cut out as he’s 15 months old. Wish me luck! #KCACOLS

    1. Aw you’ll be fine, you might be surprised how well your son will sleep in his own room, logan went into own room at 6 months old and it was best thing I ever did, he slept really well since. Yeah we have had bad days where I’m up with him a few times a night but there’s usually a reason like he’s not well or there’s another issue xx

  5. You have a lovely routine with Logan. I am sure these tips will help others.
    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time

  6. Good for you! We mad a mistake with my oldest and he was 3 before he was able to self sooth. My younger two have been able to do it since they were about 4 months so thankfully we learned from our mistakes. #KCACOLS

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