If you’ve been reading our blog for a certain amount of time, you could probably guess the author of this post solely by the title! For those of you who know me personally this is nothing new. I am NOT a morning person. It’s not that I’m particularly “grouchy” in the morning (my husband may think differently!) I just need a little time (30 minutes??) to wake up and start my day. I’ve heard Jennie many times when she gets up in the morning to get Cody and I hear singing and lots of bubbly happy voices! I wish I could be that happy in the morning! Ha!
I always start my day when Luke wakes up and we quietly go down stairs and he’ll potty while I get his cup of milk. We then sit in our big rocking chair in the living room and watch the news. There’s usually not a lot of talking until after this first initial “quiet time” we have to start our day. If we need to get up and run out the door to something in the morning, it’s not usually a good start to our day. I remember once a few months back when I tried to put Luke straight in his highchair in the morning when we came downstairs to have breakfast and get out the door which turned into a total meltdown for him. Routine is so important for kids and he kept pointing to our chair saying “sit in chair, Mommy, sit in chair!”
So what time do we usually wake up? Well, at the moment it’s 7:30-7:45am. BUT through Luke’s sleep regressions it hasn’t always been easy. Potty training made our bedtime routine a whole new thing, too because now he uses the “Daddy, need to go potty!” as a great excuse to try to get out of going to bed. Oh and the other thing you should know is that he is still in a crib. We had originally planned to be pregnant by now and move him to his “big boy room” this summer but since that’s not the case and we’re not pregnant it causes us to re-think things. I knew when we got him potty trained it didn’t matter if he was in a crib because there’s no way he’d be able to get himself up, out of bed and take him self to the bathroom. He still needs help taking his pants up and down and my sister-in-law talks about how her 7-year old son still, at times needs help getting up in the night because he’s not completely awake and can have a difficult time making it to the toilet. Moving Luke to a “big boy bed” scares the crap out of me, but that’s another post altogether! My guess is that we’ll make it through the summer and as long as he’s happy in his bed we’ll re-visit then.
Recently, with Luke’s latest sleep regression he was waking up at 6am and wanted to start the day. The problem with this is a number of things.
- If he woke up happy, I wouldn’t be SO against it….but he didn’t.
- He would pass out whenever we got in the car, and if we were out running errands he would fall asleep as early as 10am.
- Tantrums were always worse when he woke up early…because he was tired.
I knew he wasn’t getting enough sleep and it was having a huge impact on our daily routine. So I remembered something I had set aside for when we were going to move him out of his crib. I saw these great toddler clocks that I thought were genius for helping kids know when it was okay to get out of bed in the morning. I thought this would be perfect for Luke’s latest sleep regression because, after all, it’s difficult for a toddler to understand the concept of “It’s 6am, you can’t get up yet, go back to sleep”.
We have been using the Good Nite Lite for almost 3 weeks now and we LOVE it. It’s fully programmable to set the clock and it’s a plug-in night light that glows as a moon during the night and at the time you set it – it changes to a bright beautiful sun in the morning when it’s ok for them to get out of bed in the morning. It took about a week for Luke to get used to the purpose of the GNL, which is set for 7:30am. You start out by setting it to about the time they usually wake up and each day you would gradually move it back by 15 minute increments until you get to the time you want. This is NOT something to get and set until 9-10 am because you want to sleep in. It’s simply a great tool to teach kids healthy sleep habits and it’s helped us get our daily routine back and I have a much happier toddler as a result. I will say that almost every day he sleeps in past 7:30am, and we always hear “Oh Mommy…I see sunshine!”
What I also love about this product is how portable it is! Vacations for us have always been stressful because when he’s not in his own bed he usually wakes up as early as 5:30am, so that means he’s ready for a nap when the rest of our family is getting up ready to leave at 9:00-9:30am! Last weekend, we tried it out at my parents house when he had an overnight with them. I re-set it to 7am, knowing he wakes early there and he did great – they heard him at 7am saying “sunshine! sunshine!”
Some things to know about the product:
- It costs $34.99 (plus shipping) ( I found shipping cheaper through Think Geek!)
- It automatically turns off during the day to save electricity and you decide what time (bedtime) it will turn on again in the evening.
- It plugs into any outlet.
- There is a book that you can buy with the product to help explain the concept to your kids.
- They have a 30-Day Guarantee!If your child’s sleeping routine does not improve within 30-days, return the product in the original packaging for a full refund of the cost of the product.
What does your morning routine look like?! Are you a morning person?