I personally think 7.30 is a good bedtime. Mine is 18 months old next week and has been going to bed at 7.30 for months now. He wakes up at 6.30 most mornings, but I insist on naps in the day, too.
Do you have a good, consistent bedtime routine? Ours consists of - upstairs at 7pm, bathtime, then one of us sits down with him in the dark in his room and offers him milk (in a bottle), no chat (but a bit of singing if it's Dad). I then give him a quick count of a hundred just being quiet and cuddled, and it's into bed. These days he demands to be put in bed sooner than that (I know, lucky us, lol!) I say 'good night, I love you,' and I leave. No messing, no looking back. It's taken a while, but he is secure in the routine and generally accepts it absolutely.
It did take some weeks of him crying when put in his cot, but we got into the habit of going outside and chatting if the sound got to be too much for us. It was definitely worth it in the end.
I am going to change it a little now he is a bit older. He doesn't have bottles at any other time, and I would like to cut them out entirely. So it will be bath, milk and a story, a short cuddle in the dark, then straight into bed.
The whole sleeping thing is a nightmare - you have my full sympathy - best of luck!
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Last edited by Zebra; 26-04-2009 at 21:36.