How to Create a Super Sleeper
One of the most common complaints from parents is the lack of sleep that seems to go hand in hand with having kids. It’s inevitable, especially for those first few months. I remember feeling like I entered some kind of rigorous boot camp of which there was no escaping from. Being someone that has always loved going to bed at night, the lack of distinction between day and night pushed me to my limits. I started to wonder if I would ever have the comfort of my old routine of brushing my teeth, washing my face and actually putting on my pjs, instead of just passing out whenever and wherever I had the opportunity to. Would life ever go back to normal?
The answer, I soon learned, was yes (thank goodness!). While I admit that I am extremely fortunate to have a child that loves going to bed and has never given us much of a problem in that department, I do think there is more to it than just luck. A lot of Ryker’s love of sleep comes from our influence on him. So I thought I would share with you some of the things that have worked for us:
Stick to a routine. From the very beginning, we tried to keep somewhat of a night time routine. And we stuck to it. Obviously, there were times we had to be flexible, but our priority was always making sure Ryker had his bath, we read him a book and he went to bed by 7 pm. And if other people are watching him for the night, we make sure they are aware of his schedule too.
Give them space. I’m a firm believer that everyone should have there own bed. I think it’s important for babies/kids to learn how to self soothe and be able to fall asleep on their own. (I understand co-sleeping may work for many families, so please don’t take offense J)
Keep it simple. People have always been amazed how easy it is for us to put Ryker to sleep. In fact, most nights he reminds us it’s time for him to go the bed! From the very beginning, we have simply put him in his crib, said prayers, kissed him goodnight and shut the door. We’ve never rocked him, read him endless books or put up with any other attempts to delay bedtime.
Make it cozy. I have always been conscious of making going to bed a pleasant experience for Ryker . We make sure he has his favorite blanket and his little stuffed Elmo. And we always let him fall asleep to his favorite music. It may sound corny, but I’ve always tried to make going to bed feel like it’s a treat and something to look forward to!