We are really pretty lucky when it comes to our kids and sleep, but lately Layla has been getting up a bit too early and refusing to go back to bed.
She has been in a big girl bed for 4 months or so, so we are really at her mercy to stay in bed. We never had any trouble whatsoever with Hayden when he went in his big boy bed all those years ago. We told him he couldn’t get out of it, and he listened. Layla on the other hand has no trouble making her own rules and coming into our room an hour or more before wake up time. Last night, in fact, in the middle of the night I woke to her climbing into bed in between me and John. I had to physically pick her up and carry her back to her bed.
So my friend Anita has lent me this clock that is supposed to show her when it is ok to get up. You set it to a specific time, and once that time comes it lights up and has a picture of the sun on it. All through the night it stays dark and has a picture of a star on it, to show it’s time for sleep. Last night was the first night we tried it. She was really excited about it at first (as was Hayden, who wanted one in his room), then as it got closer to bedtime she started to act a little scared of it. She asked me to take it out of the room, but I was able to talk her out of that. We tried to set it to an early enough time that she wouldn’t have to wait too long before she saw the sun light up. We figured we’d get her used to it and as she got the hang of it we’d start setting the time a little later each day. She woke up before it lit up though. John took her back into her room and stayed with her until it lit up. So, hopefully she will know for tomorrow what will happen. It would be good to be able to get an extra 30 minutes or so in the morning – particularly on the weekend!