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Is there a night owl stage in babies?

Night OwlLily has recently decided that sleeping is not her thing. She use to go down about 8 every night with little to no fuss. However, recently she hasn’t wanted to go to bed at all.

We still have the same routine, but by 8:30 she’s still wide awake. Same goes for 9 and 10. She just has no desire to go to bed.

She also has no desire for Dad. If I try to put her to sleep she just cries and cries. She doesn’t like me at all. Mom on the other hand can hold her no problem. Lily will sit on her shoulder, suck her thumb and just relax. She won’t fall asleep, but she’ll act like she is.

I’m not sure what’s with this new phase but I’m not a fan. I liked our bedtime of 8 and out by 8:30 schedule and I’d like it back.

Whatever phase this is, it can pass.

So, is there a night owl phase? What’s going on here?

2 Responses

  1. gml4 says:

    Summer solstice makes bedtime hard. Try to stick to your times, and don’t get upset if things don’t go as planned.

    As far as you v. your wife putting her to sleep… tough call… You might want to dedicate yourself for a week or two of just you putting her to sleep with no interference (or saving) from mom. I would guess it would be a miserable couple of days at least, maybe more, but she should come around (as long as your routines are similar). Leaving that duty to your wife will make for some long evenings if she’s ever out.

    Personal story – when we moved our 2 daughters out of cribs and into toddler beds… I practically spent every day of the next year and a half putting my daughters to nap in the afternoon(which took a half hour at least). Kind of a burden I regret I took, but just made weekend afternoons easier.

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