Wednesday, 22 December 2010
Ah, sleep. So difficult to come by once kids arrive... With my first child, we settled into a good routine quite quickly. My son, however, though easy to put to bed, has proved a light sleeper and an early riser. I spent most of last year starting my day at 5.15am with him!
Thank goodness that is no longer the case. My sanity (aka, my sleep) is owed to these items:
Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child: My favourite sleep book. From birth to the older years, sleep advice is helpful and highlighted in real, individual cases. I refer to it whenever a sleep issue arises.
White Noise Machine: Essential for London living! This noise machine is used in our room and our kids' room. It blocks out other noises and soothes the kids to sleep. It also means we can have friends over without waking the kids by our chatter...
Gro-Clock: A night-time setting tells them it's time to sleep... And when the pre-determined sun setting (decided by you) pops up, it's time to wake. Really helped with our early mornings.
Every child's different of course, but I realised when I wasn't consistent, it was much more difficult to get my little one to follow the desired sleep pattern I hoped for. I've also learned, keeping my children up later (especially the younger one) doesn't mean they will sleep in later. In fact, it often does the opposite. (Although, sometimes you have to bend the rules, right?)
How do you cope with your children's sleep issues? Any sleeping aids or advice to share?