oh i would love to be able to get Caleb in bed by 7/7.30! but 8pm it is for us, 7am-8pm days, which i really shouldnt complain about i know! we tried putting him down at 7 the other night and it worked, he slept 7-7!! however the last two night he wont have a bar of it, put him down at 7pm and he just screamed, got him up and he played till 7.45 when he started to look tired, took him to his room, short wind down and he was out for the night again so i think 7-8pm is what it is for us for now. it does work out well because we have a nice long afternoon to be able to go out and do things, so i guess its a case of where do you compromise?
Wendy - i just had a thought, when you saw the eye rubbing, i think perhaps your wind down was too long, for Caleb if i get the eye rubbing i take him to his room, read one story (instead fo the normal two) a quick cuddle and into bed, no singing, nothing that will take the wind down past 5 mins.