That word that parents can agree we all want more of. No amount of coffee can truly do what a good night’s sleep can. As parents, we must band together and find a way to optimize bedtime!
I have been blessed with some (knock on wood) amazing sleepers. Maybe we are just lucky, but I think there is something to be said for the fact that we have three kids under the age of five down by 8:00 p.m. and not awake (or out of bed) until 7:30 a.m.
Here are the things that have been sleep-savers at our home. Maybe they will work for you too!
Routine, Routine, Routine…
I know I sound like a broken record sometimes, but kids truly do crave and thrive in routine! The expected makes them feel safe. They know what is going to happen and find comfort in that.
Many nights getting ready for bed starts almost an hour before bedtime. This guarantees that we can get everything done and still stick to the time frame. Everyone has their own methods to get their kids ready for bed and that is great! For us, we bath every other night. We get PJs on and brush our teeth before 7:30 so that way we are all ready for bed without that normal stalling that tends to happen. Provided they get all ready in a timely manner, we read a few books or do a calm family activity. Right around 8:00, we head down to bed. Both girls go potty and then it is prayers, hugs, kisses, and I love yous!
Tv and electronics are not a part of our bedtime routine. For the most part they are off the last hour before bed.
We have also always tried to make sure to put the kids to bed awake from little on. This helps them learn to fall asleep themselves… in their own beds.
We sleep best when we feel secure and comfortable. Setting up the environment is key. We keep the room a little cooler, it is organized and not an area with too much stimuli. They have a firm mattress, cozy blankets, and a great pillow.
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Green Means Go…
Another sleep-saver in our life is our Okay to Wake clock. No more waking up at 5:00 a.m. and thinking it’s time to get up! Kids do not have to tell time! Instead they know that when their clock turns from the yellow night-light glow to a green color, it is okay to get up! Every morning you will here my girls coming up the stairs at 7:30 a.m. saying, “Mommy, it’s green!” Yes, you read that right, our kids do not get out of bed until 7:30 or later! It is heavenly! We wrote about the Okay to Wake clock under Products We Love or you can order one here.
Room Darkening Curtains…
This summer I truly learned the importance of having black out curtains! My middle child had the hardest time early this summer sleeping in. She would stay in bed because the light hadn’t turned green but she was wide awake…at 5 a.m.! It then dawned on me that when we moved the girls downstairs to their new room, they no longer had room darkening curtains! That same day I ordered a pair for their room! It works like a charm! The room stays dark even in the summer when it stays light so long into the evening. Plus as an added bonus, I can close them for nap-time and it is helps them rest better during the day.
They sleep in THEIR bed…
As much as it kills me sometimes, the kids do not sleep in our bed. I know how nice it can be to cuddle with your babies. I, however, find it to be a slippery slope when they are older. If I invite them in my bed one night, it would tend to become a “thing”. Don’t get me wrong, I take full advantage of the cuddles whenever I can! I will instead lay with them and rub their back or snuggle them in their bed occasionally when they can’t sleep or have a bad dream. It isn’t an every time thing, but occasionally it’s nice to have that moment together!
These seem to be the best options for our family. They have de-stressed bedtime for us and have allowed us to get a few more hours of shut-eye.
Do you have any sleep tips that work for your family?
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