Since our girls started sleeping through the night, until they were about 18 months old, I could usually count on them waking up around 6:45 in the morning. And then, when they dropped to one nap during the day, they began sleeping until about 7:30. Those were the days!
When we began potty training, around 27 months, though, we experienced a drastic change in the girls’ morning routines. I appreciated that they woke to use the potty…but there were some painfully early starts to our days for quite some time.
I recently discovered a wonderful gadget that has made a huge difference in our morning routines, the “OK to Wake!” clock. [There are several iterations of these in clocks and stuffed toys…just search “OK to wake”.]
I set the clock to 6:30, at which time it glows green. I tell the girls, if you wake up and the clock isn’t green, you can roll over and go back to sleep.
There are times when I hear them stirring shortly after 6:00, but they don’t usually call for me until 6:30…on the dot…and then I hear, “Mommy! The clock is green! I slept well!”
There are times that they wake up early, sometimes needing to sit on the potty. After they use the bathroom, it’s been great to have an “impartial party” — the clock — to cite. “The clock isn’t green. It’s still sleep time,” I’ll tell the girls. On all but maybe one occasion, they’ve accepted that they need to go back to bed.
I was worried that the clock would somehow wake them up in the mornings. Its glow isn’t so bright that it disturbs them, though, and a handful of times they’ve slept an extra 15 or 20 minutes. The green glow lasts for 30 minutes, so they still get to call out to me when they wake up (which they get a big kick out of).
I would love to one day get back to our blessed 7:30 rise and shine…but for now, I’m so thankful to at least have a consistent wake-up time.
What gadgets make your life a little easier?
Mandy, mom to three-year old fraternal twin girls