If you have a toddler or preschooler who has graduated to a bed and has freedom to roam, you have probably experienced early mornings like this…
Sweet Child: “Mommy? Mommy? MOMMY!!!”
Tired Mommy: [Tired Mommy calling from her bedroom] “Yes Honey, go back to sleep. It isn’t time to get up yet.”
Sweet Child: [sounds of feet pitter-pattering down the hallway] “Hi Mommy! Can I lay with you? I’m done sleeping now.”
Tired Mommy: “Honey, its not time to get up yet. Let’s walk back to your room and get back in bed for just a while longer.” [Tired Mommy and Sweet Child walk back to Sweet Child’s room]
5 minutes later…
Sweet Child: “Mommy, can I get up now? I’m done sleeping and I want to play!”
Tired Mommy: “No, not yet Sweetie. Go back to sleep.”
5 minutes later…
Sweet Child: “MOM!!!! I WANT TO GET UP NOW!”
Tired Mommy: [nudging Dear Loving Partner next to her] “Dear Loving Partner, its your turn.”
Does this sound familiar? Just because you decided to bring these beautiful children into your life does NOT mean you are sentenced to a life of early morning wake-ups.
ENTER: The Behavioral Modification Night Light!
You may ask, “What in the world is a behavioral modification night light?” Don’t be scared by the name. Another way to describe this life-saving device is that it is a night light that helps your child learn when it’s OK to get out of bed in the morning and start their day. Just search Amazon and you’ll see that there are a number of these on the market to choose from. In our house we have built a very special bond with the Good Nite Lite – a night light that turns to a dim blue moon when it’s bedtime and a bright yellow sun when it’s time to wake up. Easy Peasy – all your child needs to learn is to look at the night light in the morning and if its a bright yellow sun, SCORE! It’s time to get up and play! If it’s still a blue moon, roll over and go right back to sleep.
But what I’m really excited about today is a new product called the ZAZOO Photo Clock. Essentially it teaches the same concept. But with this cool new techy device you can customize it for your little one with photos of themselves, your family, your pets… you get the picture. Set the clock to show a photo of your child sleeping in his bed when
it’s time to go to sleep. Then, load a photo of him playing, eating breakfast, snuggling with mom and dad, or whatever he likes to do upon waking. This photo will show up right when its time to wake up! It’s a beautiful thing — and you get to sleep in!
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Does your child visit you too early in the morning? I’d love to hear your stories and how you handle these situations! Add your comment below!