Everybody knows that getting enough sleep is one of the greatest challenges facing new parents. Infants are liable to demand feeding and changing at any hour of the day or night. If the baby is colicky, new moms and dads become virtual zombies: stumbling through their days or staring at the walls all night, hoping the crying will end, praying it doesn’t start again.
When the little one grows into a toddler, though, there is sweet relief in the form of a good night’s sleep! Right? RIGHT?!
From Parent Hacks, here are a pair of tricks to get young children to sleep a little longer in the morning, or, at least, to let mom and dad sleep a little longer.
The first trick comes to us from Suzanne. She says her young son would wake “between 5 and 5:30 in the morning. We knew he was still tired but nothing worked to get [him] to go back to sleep.” Her solution was to put a clock-radio in the little boy’s room and tell him he had to stay in bed until the music played. The radio was set to play a classical music station with the volume turned low. “At first we set it to his normal wake-up time. After a few days we moved it a few minutes later, then a few minutes later a few days after that… After a couple of weeks he reliably slept until 6:30 or 7 – a huge improvement.”
Marie’s suggestion is similar, but reduces the chances of waking a sleeping child. She used the kid’s nightlight plugged into an electrical appliance timer which would turn off at 6am. Mom then “told her she was to stay quiet and in her room until the light turned off.”
If you’re the parent of a young child, tips like these are invaluable and may even save your sanity.