So I have a 2-year-old and a 9-month-old. I would like to start working from home, but my little ones are not on a sleeping schedule. I’m not quite sure how to get them on a sleeping schedule. Or what are some products besides lavender oil ( does not work on my babies, lol) to use to help with the process?
Chamomile helps them calm down and relax to help them get to sleep
Honestly you should have had a sleeping schedule started from the day they were born. It’s going to be a bit tougher for you bc they are a bit older but consistency is KEY
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With my son all I did was wake him up early so he’s tired at night and rub his back to sleep at night. Consistency is key!
Lessen their afternoon naps to get them to go to bed earlier. Wake them up at 6 or 7 a.m. within a week or 2, they should be on a schedule
We’ve had to change our routine a couple of times but getting one established and keeping it consistent is important. I would start by jotting down their normal sleep patterns and tweak them better to fit your schedule. We have a 7 YO, 3 YO and 10 week old. The older two have been on a schedule since 6 months. Wake up 5:45
Breakfast at 6:25
Bus at 7:00
Lunch at 11:00
Dinner at 4:30
Bath, books & Bed at 7:00
Our 10 week old luckily follows a similar schedule just with more naps and feedings. I have a list of alarms in my phone just make sure I’m keeping them on track.
Melatonin and every kid is different not everybody can just get their child on a sleeping schedule right when they come home.
I introduced a sleep schedule since the day my daughter was born(shes almost 3) and now she just makes her own schedules. They change every so often but I stay home with her so it’s not an issue. She slowly shortening her naps which works since she’ll be in school next august.
Yes. It is going to require some time and patience on your part. But consistency is KEY.
Stick to whatever time and plan you decide on.
Think “goodnight” rituals.
This can be a book reading. A time of prayer/ meditation. Even little rituals like putting a totem or other small item in a special place/box for the night and then withdrawn during the day.
When my granddaughters came to live with us we would burn sage and sit with utterances of gratitude.
It should be something they can appreciate. Something that steps down from the days activities into a predictable quieting down for bedtime.
You might need to stay in the room with them to lessen their anxiety. In just a couple weeks at most you should see them adapting to the new way.
Change it up accordingly as they grow.
Consistency is key. My son is 2.5 and he knows 9pm is bathtime. He is ready by 9 and will wait by the stairs to go have a bath. After bath time he will get his pjs and his sippy cup. By then he is ready. We read 3 books, hugs and kisses and I can place him into his crib. Usually within 15-20 minutes he is asleep. He does take 1 nap during the day from 1-3.
My oldest, I didn’t have him on a schedule until he started school. My youngest, as soon as I brought him home from the hospital I got him on a sleep schedule. His bedtime was 8PM.
Turn off electronics, turn down the lights.
Be consistent and put them to bed at sametime every night.
My kids sleep schedules took about a week when I started being a stay at home mom. Me 1 year old takes a nap right after he finishes lunch and gets cleaned up then when he falls asleep my 2 year old knows it’s time for him to go for his nap and he will watch a little tv and have some milk then when I come out from putting my one year old down he will run over and ask for night night. Then bed time my youngest likes to go to bed at 8:00 and as soon as I walk out of the room with him my 2 year old likes to go to bed.
What worked wonders for my son was consistency and me getting up with him and forcing him to stay up and play. Around 9 months we did this schedule of 8am wake up time and 7:30-8:00pm bed time and it was rough the first few days but then it just worked. Now we’re kinda off of it since having my daughter 4 months ago but I’m not going to worry until I have to he still sleeps a good amount
Consistency and not giving in when one of them gets up and doesn’t want to go back to sleep. Nap time is nap time. Not play time. Bed time is bed time, not play time. You just have to keep to the schedule you want and enforce it without giving in.
It’s never too late to start so, begin winding them down about an hour before bedtime. Bath time, a snack, a book, cuddles, whatever, then tell them it’s time for bed.
Look up wake windows. That’s a good place to start and.
I agree with everyone else make a schedule that you want them to be on and stick to it especially the first several months until they are used to it and where one day off won’t throw them off the schedule altogether. That means sometimes you might have to miss a function or leave early but consistency until they are used to it is key.
Just be consistent with a routine with them each day. For me a nice warm bath after dinner, a book, praying & all my kiddos are in bed by 8:00.
Honestly, melatonin each night for my 2yo. He has a messed up sleep cycle just like I did and still wakes up at night. The melatonin doesnt really make him sleep, more helps him calm down and get ready for sleep when his body isnt wanting to but his brain is (ex. TANTRUM CITY anyone?)
This is despite a very regular sleep schedule, I tried multiple shit before I resorted to melatonin.
He sleeps his 10-12 a night and I have time to straighten up and do some chores, and get a lil time to myself.