Between the middle-of-the-night princess cuddles, my 2048 addiction, pregnancy insomnia and a two-hour bladder capacity – sleep is not really a thing right now.
Both of the girls have never been good sleepers, completely at fault of my own. I kept them in bed with me until they were about 9 months, always rocked or nursed them to sleep, picked them up when they cried, or whimpered, or breathed out of rhythm – I basically did everything you are not supposed to do. Neither of them slept through the night until they were over two. Enter Diet Coke and caffeine dependence. This baby will be different.
I wish I could be one of those moms who was up before her kids, squeezing in a workout, shower, and fresh coat of mascara all while having prepared a hot breakfast for her family before they were up.
Bahaha! Who are we kidding? I’m lucky if I’m out of sweats by 11. Or, at all actually. The girls are my alarm clock – I sleep in for as long as they’ll let me. Which, until a few weeks ago was about 5:30 am.
After a friend of mine told me how her kids read a clock and don’t come out of their rooms until 7 (and it works!) I knew that I had to give it a try. My littles aren’t quite ready to read a clock, so I looked into the OK to Wake Children’s Alarm Clock and the Kid’ Sleep Classic. They are both about $30 – which seemed completely reasonable for a few more minutes of sleep in the morning. I was about to order one when I remembered I had a little outlet timer from college that I used for a heat lamp with my little gecko. And a million night lights.
So, I synced the timer and plugged in the night light – timing it to come on at 7. It works just the same as the other clocks that I thought about buying, turning on when it is time to wake up. The night light is still soft enough that it won’t actually wake the girls up – but bright enough that they can still see if the “princesses are awake.”
The first few days the girls were really excited about it… but come 5:30 or 6, instead of just coming out of their room like they had done before – they would just yell from their room and tell me that the “princesses are still sleeping!” until I came in to acknowledge that yes… they were still sleeping, and they should be, too.
So, I set the clock a little earlier so that they could get used to waking up and having the princesses already be awake. Now, it is set to come on at 6:30 – which is still a little earlier than I would like it to be – but still later than they were waking up before, so I’ll take it! I am gradually setting it a little later every night until I can push the time back to 7. What a dream that would be! Literally. Because then I might sleep long enough to have a dream.
Enough rambling, here’s how you make one!
It’s pretty straightforward. Take your outlet timer (these are $10 for a 2/pack) and a night light. I like these timers because they are pretty small and not bulky at all – about 1-inch thick from outlet-to-outlet.
Set your timer according to the instructions to the time you want the light to come on.
And plug it into the wall. Done!
*If your nightlight has a light sensor on it, and the room is already going to be light when it is set to come on, you may want to cover it with a dark piece of tape so that it will still come on!
Total cost: $8 ($5 for the timer, $3 for the nightlight)