How does an additional hour of sleep in the morning sound?
Imagine the comfort of your bed, cool mornings … another additional hour of sleep would be so tempting. However, you know that any minute now you little one/s will be waking up and you will have to leave the comfort of your warm bed…
How does an additional hour of rest or sleep sound?
An hour of extra sleep
My children are young adults now; however, I remember when my daughter, Eileen, was about 2-3 years old, she was an exceptionally early riser, which was around 5.00am. By the time she opened her eyes, she was ready to play and go…go…go…
I am an early riser, but during that time, at 5.00am, I was far from awake, let alone ready to play. So I had to figure out how I could get my daughter to sleep for another hour, or the very least, stay in her bed for an additional hour.
She was too young to read, too young to be left alone… so I came up with the play table/mat idea, and it worked very well.
I hope this idea would help you and allow you to gain back an hour of extra sleep in the morning.
- I set up a play table / play mat in her room or in our room with puzzles, her toys, colouring in and anything that she enjoyed or caught her attention.
- The night before, I would ask her to set up the table/mat herself. She could lay out what she would like to play or do. I told her that when she woke up in the morning, she could go straight to the play table/mat and enjoy her play while waiting for us to wake up.
This method worked very well. She would be working on her puzzles, colouring and talking to herself…
Even though we would still be in bed, we could hear what she was doing and know she was safe.That extra hour of rest or sleep was much appreciated.
There are few things to note for this play-method:
- Make sure your child is old enough to play unsupervised.
- Make sure all the bathroom doors are closed and staircases are fenced.
- All electricity outlets are child-proof.
- Check and re-check to make sure that your child will be safe while playing unsupervised.
- It would be advisable that you can still be aware/hear what your child is doing, i.e. the play area is close to your bedroom. Alternatively, you can set the play area in your bedroom.
Get your child to set up the play area herself/himself and organise what she or he wants to play or do in the morning. When you get them to set up their play area, it gives them the “power” to be in charge of what she or he wants to do – a great start to learn about responsibility and accountability.
Hope the above tip helps. I love that morning self play idea, as it worked very well for us and my daughter for a quite a few months. As soon my daughter started hitting the piano at 6.00am and we were staying in an apartment … well that’s another story.
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Have a connected day with your family.