At around 9 months Sue was in a great schedule! We co-slept at night and she nursed often, but it was not bothering me… yet. The problem was her bedtime, she was never in bed before 9:30 pm at the earliest. It was most likely due to our own schedule, as we had dinner late and didn’t try to put her down early. She woke up with me around 7:00 am, took her first two hour nap at 10:00 – noon, and then again, like clockwork, took another two hour nap from 3:00 – 5:00 pm. Who would be tired at 7:00 pm after two long naps during the day? She was full of energy when most other babies would start their bedtime routine.
So I decided to see what would happen if I didn’t put her down at 3:00 pm for her second nap. Instead we played quietly and had some relaxing time, but not a nap. Around 7:00 pm that night she was showing all the tired signs and I nursed her to sleep! Here is more detail on the tired baby signs. It worked, she went to bed earlier and gave me and John two hours of quiet before we got ready for bed. When she woke up around 11:00 pm to nurse, I would just bring her into bed with us and co-sleep the rest of the night.
In all honesty, it was not as easy as one night and done! It took a few days for her to get used to her new schedule but I believe that because I tried to keep the 4pm time to ‘quiet time’, she transitioned well. Just be prepared for the crazy hour before bedtime when she is tired and does not know it yet. Then follow the same, predictable schedule every night, as closely as you can. Dinner, bath, prayers, nursing, sleep. If you had a later dinner, then do the same routine, but make bathtime 10 minutes instead of 20 minutes, or say a few prayers instead of an entire rosary. Little and big people alike thrive on schedules and predictability.
I hope this tip works for you! Let me know in the comments if you have questions or what you have done to move up your babies late bedtime.