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A struggle for many parents is their children getting out of bed super early in the morning, often times before the sun rises. Kids vary in the amount of sleep they need based on age, and once they get enough sleep, they will be up and ready to start the day whether parents like it or not.
This is something we have recently seen happen with our daughter Joley. Ever since she started school, she is up with the rooster in the morning. When the rest of us want to sleep in on the weekends, Joley is up and ready to go. We decided it was time to put some things in motion to keep Joley in her bed and quiet so the rest of us could rest. I have a few tips for you that can help you keep your child in bed in the morning.
Keep a routine – It is important to stick to a routine. Putting your child to bed early because they were up early will only have them up early again the following day. Putting them to bed later in hopes that they sleep in doesn’t work either. Most likely, they will still be up when they are used to waking up and will just be crabby all day. After a child reaches 4 or 5 years old (if not earlier), they often stop taking naps during the day. Stopping those naps is important so that they are tired at night. Plus, it isn’t worth the struggle if they don’t want to nap anymore. Stick to a routine, even on the weekends, so your child’s body “knows” when to rest and wake.
Offer incentives – This may be a controversial idea for some, but it has worked well for us. If Joley wakes before the rest of us yet stays in her bed quietly, she gets a sticker on a chart we made together. After 10 days of stickers, we make a special breakfast for her. Incentives work for many children so use them if it is a tool your child will respond to.
Offer quiet toys – If your child wakes up early, it is a bit unrealistic to think they will lay in their bed quietly for an hour until you wake up. Instead, offer them books or quiet toys (like cars or a doll) to play with in their bed.
Use a clock – This has been the best tool for us in keeping Joley in her bed. The Sleep Trainer Night Light/Alarm Clock is the one we recommend! The Claessens’ Kids’Sleep Classic offers three modes that are perfect for your early riser.
One is an night light that is perfect for those that don’t want to go to bed because of the dark. This allows us to send Joley to bed and not worry about her getting up to complain that her room is “too dark” to sleep. This is one excuse that we have heard and this clock took care of it for us. There are two light intensities to choose from.
The next mode is the alarm. We use this during the week when Joley has to get up for school. The morning light shines on the display and the clock crows letting her know it is time to get up.
The final mode is the sleep trainer. With the double character plate inserted, you teach your child that when the character is sleeping, they should be too (or at least in bed). When the character is awake, it is okay for them to be awake too. They simply do what their clock shows them!
If you have a child under 30 months, you can still use this great tool. It is just suggested that you use the one character plate that shows him sleeping. You can then move to the double character when your child is a bit older.
We love the Kids’Sleep Classic. It has changed our morning routine for every day of the week. I suggest getting one if you have a child that doesn’t want to stay in bed in the morning, needs some help with when to wake up, or as an alarm clock for a child. It is a great tool for any parent to use!
Claessens’ Kid’Sleep Classic comes in pink and blue colors and can be purchased for $39.99.