Back to school is nearly hear and it’s time to start getting those kiddos back on schedule. I know, it’s summer, and we all let the little ones have a more relaxed schedule but school will be here before you know it so it’s time to start planning. Here are a few tips and tricks I’ve used over the years with Peyton to help get her on schedule so we can start the school year rested.
Consistent Bed Time
I know this one seems pretty common sense but it’s a big one. Try getting your little one to bed around the same time every night that you would want them to go to bed during the school year.
Consistent Bedtime Routine
For us, this means we wash our face, brush our teeth, pick up the toys in the living room and put on pajamas. Peyton like the same routine and it helps her know what is coming next and what’s expected of her.
A Comfortable Bed
Check out your little one’s mattress. If it’s not comfortable to you then it’s probably not comfortable to them either. Are they having a hard time sleeping? Not staying asleep? Wake up tired and cranky? It could be the mattress. Consider purchasing a new one before school starts so you can get it set up and your little one’s body can get used to it. I suggest the Spectra Quilted Top Plush Orthopedic Mattress Double-Sided Knife Edge Pillow-Top, it comes in twin, full, queen and king.
The nice thing about this mattress is it is shipped directly to your home! Just log online, order the size you need and it’ll be there in a few days. Then, unwrapped it and place on the box springs or platform. It does take a few hours for the bed to fully expand but once it does it’s a nice bed. Influenced by medical orthopedic studies, this mattress is thoughtfully designed to counter common sleep issues. As a plush grade mattress, it offers constant support for your body by keeping your midsection from sinking into the bed, which often happens with too-soft mattresses. The mattress provides firm support yet feels soft to touch. Perfect for our little ones!
Start waking your child up at the same time every morning that you will need them to get up for school. The first few days are going to be rough, but once they get the cycle down it’ll get easier each day. To help with this, consider purchasing a children’s alarm clock. Make it a fun one that your child will love. If they like the clock it could help them want to get up in the mornings.
This is a big adjustment for some children so creating a reward chart and having a fun prize at the end may be the route to go with your little one. I know for us, I create a reward chart and when Peyton has gotten up and ready for school on time 10 times we have mommy daughter fun time. That can be painting our nails or going out for ice cream or even watching a movie in bed. Whatever motivates her to get on the schedule.