Transitioning from a very very late sleep time to an early bed time

Vanessa - posted on 07/11/2015 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I am a stay at home mother of only 1 child (my daughter who turned 3 in June). I am a bit lost on how to get her on a decent sleep schedule. I did do some research online, and one source explained that if I'm trying to transition from a late bedtime to an earlier one, to push the sleep schedule back every 15 min every other day. So, I'm guessing for example, if my daughter goes to bed by 11:15 pm (yes, I know it is very late), then for the next 3 consecutive days, my goal will be 11:00 pm, and then so forth every 3-4 nights until finally she is on the schedule that is most appropriate for her. My biggest issue is trying to maintain a clean home, create healthy meals, and be consistent with everything else. I have become a huge night owl because of my former college schedule and my husband tends to snore. His work schedule is very inconsistent so I try to do my best to work around it. I get spurts of energy throughout the day, and my daughter and I are pretty limited on outdoor activities because we live in Arizona. At the moment, the temperatures are ridiculously high during the day and cooler in the evenings. I just want to do right by all of us, and do everything possible to get her on a better bedtime schedule before I even consider in placing her in preschool or even thinking about applying for a job myself. Any other suggestions?

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You know we mothers have so much to sacrifice for family. But I know you can get through it successfully. Any time you feel drained, remember that someday as she grows this girl will be able to take care of herself and even help with the chores. Be encouraged.

Vanessa - posted on 07/11/2015

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Precious Nyako,
Thank you so much! I am overwhelmed, but I do not want to give into excuses and I recently spoke to my husband on his lunch break about what I had researched. I know so many other moms or parents for that matter, have their children up by 7 or 8 the latest, so it seems. I also explained to my husband that I do not want our daughter to suffer in the longer run especially if I have to end up getting a job, and she may have to be placed in preschool. I am not much of a morning person, but whenever my in laws need something or my husband works early shifts and late shifts, my balance is tossed off (where there is no sense of actual balance to begin with). I just told my husband that I'm losing energy and feeling real drained. I have also texted 2 friends of mine who do not have children, but are supporting and encouraging when it comes to diet and exercise so trying to get on a regime and routine for that too, can be very time-consuming. Anyways, thanks again. I appreciate your thought!

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