As I write this - it's 6:30am and I am listening to my daughter (awake) upstairs, going to the bathroom for the second or third time and I know she's waiting anxiously for the "green light" in her room to go off, signaling that she can wake up - which is at 7.
The "green light" is this clock that you can set up to teach toddlers when they need to go to bed, and then can get out of bed, since they can't tell the time yet. It's great - but even that hasn't been perfect. Last night my daughter got out of bed again (even though she knows that she needs to stay in her own bed) and wanted to come into our bed. Well, that just doesn't work for us, since there is way too much tossing and turning...no one gets a good night sleep.
But I am getting super frustrated with the middle of the night wake-ups. "They" say that children at this age still need around 12 hours of sleep every night, and since my little girl hasn't napped since she was 1.5 years old....she rarely gets this in. I know she can sleep through the night (because she sometimes does) but I just don't know what else to do to put a stop to the wake-ups before she knows she is allowed to wake up.
Everyone needs a good (full) sleep and I need this peaceful time in the morning to myself before I begin the day. If anyone has any great ideas, tips, or suggestions about how to keep kids in their bedrooms all night (short of legal drugs including advil or gravol), I would be happy to hear them ;)
In the meantime, I leave you with this hilarious clip about getting kids to get the F to sleep. You will pee your pants listening to it. Have great day everyone!