I have only ever met one mother who says that she gets enough sleep. She is either lying or completely insane. I don't even have any kids and would definitely like to sleep more than I do, so I can't imagine how my body is going to react to even less sleep. Luckily my hubby continuously reminds me I will not have to worry about waking up with a baby for another 20 months at the minimum. But enough about my problems...
Sunday, May 24, 2009
How many of you have a child that feels the need to rise and shine at 5 am? Most likely it's because the sun is out and they feel it is an acceptable time to start the days activities. Either that or kids secretly enjoy playing with their moms & dads while they are half asleep. And how many of you have trouble getting your kid to bed at night, especially during these summer months when it isn't even dark out yet at their bedtime. Whether you have both of these problems or just one of them, I suggest you read on.
I recently got my niece Layna the Good Night Lite for her 4th birthday. I have heard her parents complain many times about her getting out of bed way too early in the mornings, and when I sleep over she loves to come wake me up around 6 to play. This gift was just as much for my brother and sister in law as it was for her! Basically the Good Night Lite is a behavior modification tool that teaches your child when it is acceptable to go to sleep at night and wake up in the morning. It is designed for ages 3-5 which is too young to understand a clock so telling them they can't get out of bed before a certain time is pretty much useless. It comes pre set for bed time at 7:00 pm and wake up time at 7:00 am but the times can be adjusted to whatever fits your family's schedule. When the bedtime arrives, the moon face comes on to show the child that it is time for bed. In the morning, the sun face comes on to show the child it is ok to get up. Two great features about it are that it is 6 inches wide to completely cover the outlet for safety, and it also automatically shuts off during the day to save electricity.
My niece was so excited to get this, even though she had no clue what it was. She just thought it was a totally cute regular night light and named it Sunny. It only took me about 5 minutes to explain how it works and what to do when you see the sun and moon faces. I heard rave reviews from my sister in law the next day when Layna didn't come into their room until the time she was allowed to. She also used to keep asking for more stories at bedtime in order to drag out the process as long as possible, but now she sees the moon and knows it is time to get in bed.
Here is what the images on the Good Nite Lite look like. For more information, or to purchase one for yourself check out their website.