How I Give My Toddler Extra Minutes of Sleep in the Morning

Abbie King By Abbie King, 30th Jan 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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I have been looking for ways to give my son extra minutes of sleep in the morning and I found out I could give him about 15 minutes of sleep more by switching tasks around.

How I Give My Toddler Extra Minutes of Sleep in the Morning

As a parent, one of my biggest concerns with my now toddler has always been whether or not he gets enough sleep. For me it is the biggest parenting challenge, making him understand the signs of when to sleep. So far we are doing well, but not well enough for my liking. He only goes to sleep at 10:00pm and his school starts at 08:00am. He does get about an hours sleep in the afternoon at his school.

We need about 45 minutes on the road to school so that means we have to be up by 06:30 if we are to have 45 minutes of getting prepared. 45 minutes of getting ready is when I ironed the clothes at night, packed his school bag, prepared shoes and socks and even got his back-from-school-snack ready before going to sleep, he has to eat as soon as he gets home from school.

This gives him 8 and a half hours of sleep if he sleeps throughout, which is rare because he will always wake up at night for a glass of water or when the heat is unbearable.

Since there are a few things that still need to be done in the morning like brushing his teeth, giving him a bath, dressing him up and feeding him, I had to find ways to give him a little more time to sleep despite all.

Personally, it used to feel nice to prepare him first: give him a bath and dress him up before I went to shower. It meant I avoided getting wet after I've already dressed up. My toddler loves splashing water when in the bath.

Before I found the new strategy I used to wake him up as soon as I woke up so I could start preparing him for school. But now I don't have to and I found out this new schedule gave my child at least 15 minutes more of sleep. It’s not very much, but it sure is enough to give me hope that there are ways I can give my toddler more hours of sleep if I look hard enough.

Nowadays I get myself ready first, everything including make-up and hair. The only thing I leave out is putting on my dress (I will probably buy a rain coat that I can wear on top of my dress when giving him his bath, but that's an experiment for another time). So that's about 10 minutes already saved for my little boy.

I then wake him up and get him all ready before I go back and put on my dress. Instead of giving him his breakfast at home, we eat on the way to his school. Things like combing his hair can also be done on the way to school, another 5 minutes saved by giving him his breakfast on the road instead of feeding him at home. The traffic is heavy in the morning anyways so the cars do not speed and we hardly spill food on him.

That is my way of giving my child extra minutes of sleep in the morning, would love to hear what other parents do to ensure their children sleep longer.


Child, Children, Mom, Parent, Parenting, Sleep, Sleeping, Toddler

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author avatar Abbie King
I always wanted to write and now I am putting it in action. I love children and puts so much time parenting, so most of my writing is from my experiences as a mother, and mostly as a woman

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