It’s been a crazy month with back to school and we are soaking up every bit of the weekend as possible! As you may have seen, our daughter just started Prek2 and it has been a whirl wind of emotions for us all. Surprisingly, she has adjusted great and there were no tears shed except for my own the first day of school. LOL! But, it has not been all rainbows and cupcakes. My daughter has always been what you call little Miss Independent (takes after her momma… or so I like to say!) When school started we noticed although she does great in class and is excited every morning…. her sleep patterns have been INSANE! And when I say insane I mean random wakings in the middle of the night followed by SCREAMING “MAMIIIII GET ME OUT” AKA… Put me in your bed.
A little back story… since the day I brought my daughter home from the hospital she has always slept in her own bed so this behavior is REALLY out of the norm for us. There may have been nights where she didn’t want to go to sleep at a certain time and gave us a struggle but, NEVER a tantrum or night wakings asking to leave her room. After the first week of sleepless nights we knew it was time for a change.
I was lucky enough to get a sent a wonderful gift set that just so happened to be about sleeping reinforcement and creating good sleep behavior for little ones. The book even goes as far as to helping create good habits for toddler routines such as picking up their toys, putting on pajamas, brushing their teeth, etc. The last page of the book offers the child to check off a list of items with an erasable crayon making this a great interactive feature! For a toddler who LOVES books this was a win-win for us. We had read the book previously but, with a ton of life obstacles in the way I never had the chance to enforce the system . And we knew this was THE perfect time!
The book is called Whoo is Ready For Bed? and has the cutest illustrations through out! The system the book recommends is fairly simple: the owl watches over your child for three nights of performing the same routine (read, check off list of items before bed, behave good throughout the night) after each night if the child has completed their tasks the owl leaves a little gift! One of the most troubling things I found with Mia was to get her to sit still through night readings and actually be engaged on what was going on in the book. Not only is the book easy to follow and read with your little ones, but, it allows your childs imagination to be engaged with their new owl friend and encouraged to behave well. This was the cherry on top for us! She literally asks to read this every night now. When she saw this book came with a friend she nearly lost it with excitement. And really theres nothing better then seeing your child’s face light up instantly.
I decided after testing this book out and the recommended system for the first week that I needed to pass on this information to my fellow mommas and it was a total given that it was a PERFECT fit for us. Please note, I would NEVER recommend something that I thought wasn’t worth it and I think you can see this throughout my Instagram feed especially. The things I vouch for are products I trust and love and use with my own children and feel can be beneficial for others as well! This is definitely a tradition I will continue with my son as he approaches the toddler stage.
I feel so strongly about this …. considering I now have my SANITY back! I am teaming up with Chatterbox Publishing and offering a giveaway to a lucky momma who feels its time to regain their sleep or just simply would like a fun night routine with their little one.
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