In the last month or so, our 13 month old has woken up around 3 am and been vehemently against going back to sleep. It's sort of a combination of being against being put back to bed and being very awake and alert. This usually means my wife or I sleeping in either the nursery or playpen with her (because they're the most baby proofed) and letting her play for at least a couple hours.
At first we thought this was just a weird week, but now it's becoming a norm and this has to stop. We're thinking about reducing her naps, but that can be impractical on certain days since she sleeps in the car.
Her current schedule has become:
-Wakes up at 3 am with vigorous crying. Sometimes there's a diaper change needed, sometimes not.
-Plays for about 2-3 hours, until around 6 am.
-Takes a nap until around 8 am.
-Combination of meals, playtime and naps while doing errands until around 6 PM. She might get 2 naps during this time of about an hour each. This is often irregular based on what needs to be done that day.
-Start preparing for bed with food (usually a combination of solids and breastmilk), storytime in the nursery, and other activities in the nursery until 7 pm.
-Between 7 and 8 pm we put her to bed. She fights it a lot more some nights than others, so the time it takes can vary a lot.
-Sleeps straight for about 7-8 hours, wakes up and the cycle begins anew.
How can we keep our baby asleep until at least 6 am?