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.
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.
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.
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...