I like my sleep. A lot! Having J meant giving this up. He was an AWFUL sleeper right from day 1. We tried everything but nothing seemed to help. We then changed to his allergy formula and things improved. But only from unbearable to manageable. J still didn’t sleep through and at 9 months we moved him to his own room (health visitors suggestion).
This still didn’t help and I ended up spending more time in his room than my own! Eventually as we passed 1st birthday the wake ups were become less frequent and I was getting in the routine of 6am starts to the day. But it was hard especially as J was dropping naps.
I then tried and wrote about The Gro Clock by The Gro Company. It was amazing and I wrote the blog post to share the joy with everyone. It worked for us because J is very visual. He responds to boundaries and routines. He quickly learnt that blue star means stay in bed and sleep, yellow sun means it’s ok to get up. He soon stayed quiet till 7am, and then 7.30am. Don’t get me wrong, he does wake up earlier but amuses himself in bed with his soft toys and books until the yellow sun comes out.
Now we are approaching Daylight Savings and the loss of a hour I have seen a lot of social media posts about how everyone is dreading it. But I have a plan!
For the next couple of nights I start amending J’s Gro Clock settings so he’s getting up a little bit latter and going to bed a little bit earlier-10-15minutes to start with. This way his internal Clock will hopefully start to get into the change and then when 7.30 becomes 6.30 he will hopefully be able to stay in bed till at least 7am and then we’ll build back to 7.30am.
I will make sure the Gro blind is up and that there are books, quiet toys and his soft toys by his bed so he can amuse himself, safely. I will also make sure I have lots of sugary drinks to see me through the day if my plan fails!
Are you dreading the change or embracing it?x