This post has been inspired by the fact that, I am sitting here writing whilst also going through the game of the bedtime routine with little Mr – trying hard to get him to rest and go to sleep…
So, you may have seen a post or three on the site talking about our bedtime fun and games with little Mr. He really fights us at bedtime not to go to sleep. You may have read that we’re going through the sleep clinic process at the moment – we had a home visit around a week and a half ago to assess that part.
However, I think the worst part of the year, for sleep, is now upon us, the light nights.
Too much light for sleep
I think most, if not every, parents have difficulty when the days are long and light. We all look forward to the summer months, the warmth (in the UK anyhow) to get away from those cold winter blues. However, it brings with it the long light days and nights here in the UK.
In the longest months, the light is with us to a good 10pm. However, the worst is when we try for our kiddies bedtimes, around say 8pm. They see its still light and must think ‘It’s not bedtime yet!’. Least that is what we were told by our eldest, and we think little Mr must think it too.
It means long, tiring, bedtime sessions – especially when you already have quite long bedtime routines anyhow. In the lighter months, it can take more than 2 hours of our time returning him back to bed. Tiring and also means no adult time too.
So what can you do?
We’ve tried a number of things, none that have really helped us too much – but there again, he is similarly active all year round, which is why we’re going through the sleep clinic.
That said, here are the few things we have tried – some that may be of help to you.
- Blackout blind and blackout curtains. We doubled up on the blackout window material in a hope to try and darken the room. It does make it a little darker, however, little Mr goes and looks out of the windows so defeats the purpose. However, you may have more luck. It’s all about darkening the room to hide the light outside.
- Night time/ Daytime clock. So, we were told about these clocks by one of the support workers we have had. The Gro Clock Sleep Trainer clock (as in the one in this Amazon Affiliate Link) basically shows a moon and stars when its night and Sun when its day. The idea is that they look at the clock, see moon and stars and know its bedtime.
- Lullaby music. One suggestion we had was to play lullaby music to try and make little Mr tired. It didn’t work for us… but some may find it useful
- Play white noise. Another suggestion was to play white noise (you can get apps on the phone). Again, not the most effective, but free to give it a try.
- Try and tire him out before bed with a burst of energy play. This did work on occasion, however – most times we found it didn’t and just gave him more energy to play.
Those are just 5 of the things we have tried, you may find some of these suggestions useful in your endeavour to get your little one to sleep.
So, for use, the next steps are the sleep clinic outcome. This will hopefully help us get him to sleep – and to stay asleep all night (we’re having nice early wake-up calls too at this moment).
For you, if you looking for ideas to help your little ones get to sleep with light nights – try the blackout blinds, curtains, see if you can make the room dark. You may want to try the day/night time clock. Ultimately though, you may end up doing as we do and continue to put back into bed until they are asleep.
I wish all of you luck…
I recently came across the following quote
“If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.”
― Maya Angelou
This is my new goal in life. Not to conform to be normal, but to be amazing and I hope to inspire you to be amazing too.