Sleep Routine? We’re Working on it….

Sleeping routines for children, now there’s a topic I have no business writing about.  Yet here I am doing just that, so bear with me.

Ever since the first day I brought my children home from the hospital, they were plopped smack dab in the middle of our bed.  Our family takes co-sleeping to a whole new level.  Before I am inundated with comments, I do understand that many people don’t think co-sleeping is the best option.  God love my in-laws, but they are definitely one of them.

I know it can be dangerous when they are babies, that it’s not good for remaining intimate with your spouse and of course the fact that it makes for an ity-bity sleeping space.  However, we have learned to adjust and at this point wouldn’t have it any other way.  Although, we do have two kiddos that insist they won’t sleep in their own beds until they turn 60. 

The one negative thing that I do agree with when it comes to having your kiddos in bed with you is that it can make setting proper sleeping routines a little more challenging.  For example, my daughter has become the lightest sleeper.  She has to feel a warm body laying next to her to fall asleep and to stay asleep. 

The only problem with that is I can’t go to bed at 8:30 and stay there all night.  I have too many mommy/wife duties to do in the evenings, therefore, sleep isn’t an option.  It is tough to feel the pressure that comes with that.

The other scenario my husband and I find ourselves in are our children wake up at the first sign of light.  It usually goes a little something like this:

Son/Daughter: Mommy the suns up!

Me: No sweetie, it’s very early.  Go back to sleep.

Son/Daughter:  But mom, I see light.  Can I get up?

Me:  No, close your eyes and go back to sleep.

Two minutes pass

Son/Daughter:  Can we get up yet?  Is it time yet?

Me:  Yes, just get up. (after all, no one is getting any sleep at this point)

Usually for the rest of the day, I then have two crabby children because they were up at the butt crack of dawn.  Not that I like to admit it, but I’m sure I may be a tad bit crabby as well.

When I was asked if I would be interested in trying something that could help, I practically jumped at the opportunity.  I mean I have to figure out some way to start setting some boundaries when it comes to sleep.

IMG_0444Our SleepBuddy Sleep System arrived shortly after and it was time to give it a try. 

The SleepBuddy unit uses a very simple concept that allows children to understand when it’s time to get out of bed.  It is a great way to begin to teach healthy sleeping habits to your younger children.

IMG_0446The sleep system works by providing positive reinforcement with an incentive chart that helps your child to track their progress during the week.  It also comes with a children’s book called “A Bedtime Surprise” and a parent’s guide to walk parent’s step by step to a full night’s sleep.

IMG_0445If you can set an alarm, then you will be able to use the SleepBuddy Sleep System.  You choose the time that you want the SleepBuddy system’s light to come on and when you want it to shut off. 

When the light is on your child knows they are supposed to be sleeping or at least in bed.  When the light goes off it is their signal that it is time to start their day or wake from their nap.  As I mentioned, it is a very simple concept and an easy system for children to follow.

IMG_0448After using it for a little while now, I am finding that my children are adjusting rather well to the SleepBuddy Sleep System.  I can’t say that they don’t still ask occasionally if they can watch television in bed until the light goes off, but they do know not to get out of bed until then.  Hey, it’s a start, so I guess I can’t complain.

What sleeping routines do you have in place to help set healthy sleeping habits for your kiddos?  I always love to hear what works for other moms and dads.

I was sent product to review as part of a MomSelect campaign. I received no other form of compensation and all opinions are 100% my own.

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