Posted by Rowena on October 06, 2003 at 18:05:46:
In Reply to: Not Sleeping! posted by Kelly M on October 06, 2003 at 06:04:45:
If your little one is capable of putting herself to sleep, then what I would suggest is that you remove any toys from her crib and keep the lights low at night so that she has little incentive to wake up during the night. If she does wake, she will have nothing to amuse herself with and will be more likely to return to sleep. If she's not capable of putting herself to sleep, that may be something that you need to encourage her to achieve.
At 12 months the average child has approx 13.5 hours sleep in a 24 hour period. 11 hours sleep overnight at this age would be a reasonable expectation. Although some children of this age cope well with one nap, most will need two. If she doesn't sleep well overnight, may I suggest she may need to be offer her an earlier nap and another in the afternoon.
I would suggest you pop your daughter into bed at what you feel are reasonable times rather than wait for her to show signs of tiredness, (which for some children are not easily recognised until they reach the point of overtiredness). As a suggestion I would recommend if she wakes at 7 to pop her into her crib for a nap around 10 or 10.30. Then again at around 2.30pm and to bed for the night by around 8 pm.