>Not for me, although I’ll probably need it here in another month. We don’t have set bedtimes for the girls. I’ll wait while you compose yourself, and pick your jaw up off the floor.
The thing is, we never have had bedtime. The point at which they are ready for sleep changes as they grow, seasons change, and we set the clocks forward, or back.
We do have a routine that we have done for years. It helps them transition to sleep better no matter where we are. Not that we travel alot, and it’s not a strict routine either. That sorta sounds like what’s the point of a routine?
The girls keep us on track with it. They know exactly what’s coming next, and if we forget, or try to skip part of it, they let us know quickly.
Here’s the routine:
See, it’s very simple. I usually try to start the routine around 8pm. Charles doesn’t get home from work sometimes until about 9. They of course want to spend time with daddy, and he wants to spend time with them.
Ava usually goes down around 10. Kiah is a night owl, and can stay up until almost 1am some nights.
Both girls are night owls, so are we.
They usually wake up around 9-10am. Oh, and Ava dropped her naps a while ago. It’s rare if she takes one anymore.
Here’s the crazy thing. If Ava goes to sleep before 10pm, she will always wake up around 3am ready for the day!
The other night when we are ready to go to bed, and Kiah wasn’t, we all go upstairs and get in bed. We turn the TV on Noggin, and she’ll watch until she’s ready for sleep. Ava had already been asleep, and it was late, we were tired. That actually worked out nicely.
Maybe this is just a time in our life where I need to suck it up and accept their sleep schedule. It won’t be this way forever.
We’re not about forcing them to lay down, or trying to make them go to sleep when they aren’t ready.
I am wondering if maybe there is more we can do to help keep the environment calm, so that they can enter into sleep around the same time almost every night?
What are your kids sleep patterns like? How many kids do you have, do you co-sleep? What is your nightly routine?