Our golden rule was "never wake a sleeping baby". We stuck to it for years. Now I find myself reconsidering it with little Guy.
He is a good sleeper but lately his schedule is really out of sync (with mine). He wakes up at 5.30am with his father. I consider that to be too early but nothing we do seems to break that habit.
The problem I have starts in the evening when I try to put him to bed. He won't go to sleep and has been up until 9.30pm or even 10pm. We can't get anything done as every little noise causes him to dash out to see what is going on. If we ignore him he tries to sneak to his brother's room. If we put the safety gate across the hall he sits there and calls out "Mummy, mummy, mummy".
The culprit then is naptime. He naps for about two hours or sometimes longer. I cherish this time since it's when I get to have a rest, catch up on emails, sometimes sew, do housework and chat to Biggie if he is home.
My question is what would you prefer? A long afternoon nap and nighttime antics? or a crotchety, tired kid all afternoon who crashes at 6.30pm? Do you think if I did away with naps for a few days I could get him back into a nice nighttime rhythm, then reintroduce the naps? He is two months shy of his third birthday. In my opinion he still needs naps judging by his behavior which gets worse and worse as the day goes on. What do you think? I am getting very tired of this struggle each day.