There isn't enough time in the day.
Maddie is so over-tired. She's tired all the time it seems and it makes her cranky and whiny, understandably.
We know she's not getting enough sleep so we're making some changes now to remedy that. Part of the problem is her bed time. It's 9pm. I know that is incredibly late for a toddler her age. I don't want to make excuses, but as working parents it's as if you don't have enough time in the day once you get home from work to play with, teach, cook, eat, bathe, etc., etc., etc. before it's time for bed. In spite of that, we're planning to move her bed time to 8pm. I'd planned to ease her into it, over the next couple of weeks, starting yesterday. But she was so tired, saying, "Mommy, I'm sleepy" several times around 7:30pm so we just went up then, did our routine and she was out without a fuss. That's how I know she was incredibly tired.
Another issue is the fact that she's still getting up in the middle of the night to make her way to our room. It's a horrible habit that we've allowed since she moved out of her crib and it's going to be incredibly hard to break. Nonetheless, it must be done. Breaking up her sleep like that to come to our room certainly isn't helping her get the rest she needs. So, we may have to lose some sleep over the next few weeks as we take her back to her room each night until she understands that coming to sleep with us is no longer an option. I'm so not looking forward to this.
If you're a parent I'd love to hear how old your child is and what their bedtime is. What does your bedtime routine look like? I'm also curious to hear if anyone else is or has dealt with over-tired children or children with sleep issues in general. What are some of the techniques you've used to remedy this issue?