SLEEP: That 5 Letter Word We All Want More Of

Sleep.

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.

Comfort…

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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23 thoughts on “SLEEP: That 5 Letter Word We All Want More Of”

  1. I have a 3 year old, an almost 2 year old and I’m 25 weeks pregnant. I’m currently awake at 5:30 in the morning because a beeping noise woke me up. But of course I can’t go to sleep!!

    1. I know that feeling! Hopefully you can find a routine that fits you all so you can get some much needed rest!

  2. I love that “Okay to Wake” clock! We have been stressing the stay in your own bed rule for our 2 year old. She went through a stretch where she “wanted to see mommy” in the middle of the night EVERY NIGHT. Our phrase before we go to bed is “night, night till you see the light” and that’s helped a lot. Then, we remind her who she can snuggle with if she wakes up when there’s no light in her window (teddy and baby doll). 🙂

    1. I love your rhyme! We usually say, “Good night! See you when the light turns green!” My two year old went through a little stretch like that as well but it phased out pretty quick and she shares a room with her big sister who is a major rule follower!

  3. We are just hashing out some of this in our own house this week. My daughter is almost one and it’s been a real struggle. Routine is definitely KEY! Great post!

    1. Thank you! Routine is key but it can be hard sometimes especially in the summer time! Hopefully you are all falling into your own routine with your daughter.

  4. I totally agree with all of this!! I’m dying to get the Hatch Baby ‘rest’ that has an okay to wake light on it. My son isn’t quite there yet but it would be nice to have for when he is in a big boy bed! Routine is SO important, you’re right! You are so lucky to have great sleepers!

    1. I’ll have to check the Hatch Baby ‘rest’ out! I’ve also heard of boy and girl “dolls” that they sleep with that will glow when it is time to wake.

    1. I truly think it helps a ton! Hopefully you can find what works for you guys and get some extra sleep!

    1. It is such a life-saver!! I need a little extra shut eye in the morning and I need a little morning time to get myself ready!

  5. I am loving all these pointers! We have black out curtains and a fan to block out noise & light which helps a lot. I am LOVING the Ok to Wake clock! I need one for my boys 🙂

  6. Did you find that having a routine during the day helps them sleep through the night as well? My little one is 7 months and still wakes up once a night to eat, but we’re hoping to wean him from that soon. The daily routine is all baby led-meaning his schedule is semi-predictable, but other days can be just wacky!

    1. Routine during the day does help for sleeping at night however, that can’t always happen. I too used a lot of the baby led scheduling. As they got older we had a general “schedule” but we are flexible too. As long as the night schedule and morning schedule stick to the same and they know that you are sticking to what you say then you will have the best luck. At least that’s what we found! The girls know that if they get up before the light turns green we will bring them back down to bed. As your little on is younger they won’t understand this quite yet but soon enough that time will come!

  7. We follow a lot of the same routine for bed time with our toddler. She’s been going to bed at 7:30 pm and waking at 7:30 all week, hallelujah! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  8. How old are your children and how much sleep do you think a 5 yo who just dropped their nap should get? My older daughter is an early riser bw 5:30-6:15 and goes to bed at 8pm

  9. My oldest is 4 1/2 and she doesn’t nap during the day either. She has quiet time for about an hour where she reads or does a quiet activity. She goes to bed at 8 and sleeps till 7:30. Honestly though without the room darkening curtains and the okay-to-wake clock she would probably be up much earlier. The curtains keep the room really dark and she has trained herself now to sleep that late.

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