Q: Reasons 11 month old may seem "restless" for about an hour each night (either waking and wanting to play, or moving around a ton in their sleep).
A: I would need to know a lot more about what is happening before bedtime ... what are the activities and food eaten. What is bedtime, when did last nap of the day end, what is the environment, etc. I always have more questions :).
Here is some helpful information for an 11mo. They need approximately 11 1/4 hrs of sleep at night and 2 1/2 hours of day sleep across 2 naps.
Bedtime should be between 7-8pm for the first 5 years of a child's life! The window of wakefulness between last nap and bedtime should be no more than 4hrs - he could be overtired and restless due to the cortisol rush in his body from being overtired.
We always recommend no TV or stimulating activities 1hr before bedtime (that is for children and adults). The room environment should be dark. If they need a light no more than a 4watt light bulb. Alert kids have a harder time shutting down and unwinding so a nice relaxing bedtime routine or activities like yoga (Google: Itsy Bitsy Yoga) or a light massage may help.
If none of those apply and you can check yes to every single item I listed then I would explore this with his doctor. It may be helpful to keep a log for a week to show and tell them exactly what is going on ... be sure to tell them it is not behavioral and list why it's not (hint: all those things I listed that you are doing right)! Best of luck!
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