Hi ladies! I'm mostly a lurker, but we're having a big problem with my DS, so I need some advice.
He has always had a later bedtime, and usually falls asleep 9-9:30, wakes up anywhere from 8-9:30am, one nap from 2/3-4/5. We usually have to wake him up from his nap so he's not sleeping too late. We have a 5 week old DD, so that has been a change, but this problem started before she was born. We moved him to a toddler bed about 2 months ago and it went great in the beginning, he loves it.
The recent problem is he keeps getting out of bed, turning on the light, opening the door, and playing in his room. He doesn't cry usually, or call for us. We have a baby gate up so he can't actually leave his room. We started with telling him through the monitor to get back in bed and he does, every time, but gets back up 2 seconds later. The past week he hasn't fallen asleep until 11:30! We're dealing with a newborn and wanting to wind down and it's frustrating to tell him every 5 minutes to get back in bed.
We've tried just leaving him to play, physically going in and putting him in bed with no talking, telling him we're taking away trucks, etc if he gets out of bed, we've taken everything out of his room to play with except a few books, but no big changes. He is a monster if he doesn't get a nap, too! I'll admit we haven't been consistent in every approach because of the baby's needs during the evening.
Just wondering if anyone has dealt with this or has any advice.