...and they lived happily ever after!
What do you do with your child before bedtime? I know most people say to read them a book after you give them a bath. Or do a massage for them as you put on lotion. Just do our kids really want to sit still while we do these things? sometimes I give him a bath before bed, but I find it easier to do during the day. Sometimes I read to him as I am feeding him, but he just wants to play when the book is out. So I read to him all day long instead. I put lotion on him of course, but that is a fight every time. He hates to lay there for it. So I really don't have time to massage him. At bedtime I just feed him, lay him down, and sit by him while he goes to sleep, which takes a long time sometimes, he always fights his sleep. How do you go about bedtime? and a child who fights their sleep?!
As I know from my sister (her son is about 1 year and a half) the best way to take him sleep is to feed him (breastfeed - only that way he will be satisfied) and go for a walk.
Fresh cool air is the best way for my nephew, but you know, every baby is a person)) I'm not sure it'll work for you
But also.. to each their own.. schedules varying between Moms and making what works for you.. works :)
I think at this point you are working towards your goal of a bedtime routine. Your little guy is still quite young and it sounds like he isn't tired. Does he take a late nap? Sometimes late naps (after 3-4pm) can cause a later bedtime.
We read to our two little guys, well, mostly my husband does at this point, give back rubs/scratches and sing to them. They are 3 and 5 and are in bed between 7:30 and 8pm now that it's darker sooner. During the summer we extend bedtime just because it's lighter later and the kids love to play outside.