I carry and feed him milk and pat him to zzz. i rock him a little to zzz too and put him down to zzz..
at good days, i just lay him down on bed after feed to zzz with patting and me lying beside him.
i dont think letting him play til tired everyday is good becoz alaric will "han been". must set a routine .
sometimes alaric also dont wanna zzz. i will scold him and tell him its late and no going down bed.
try lights off method and army style .