In the bleak midsummer

Glorious summer days, coats packed away for the season and endless play outside. All true but difficult to enjoy when accompanied by dreadful sleep. It happens every summer and this year is no different.  The sun rises at an hour when no sane person should be up and remains high in the sky long past when little ones should be slumbering. It all contributes to hard won sleeping patterns going out the window.

Managing the clock change

Managing the clock change

As a parent of an early-rising toddler, the prospect of her waking an hour earlier following the clocks changing fills my heart with dread. An already yawn inducing 5.30am suddenly becomes a brain mushingly early 4.30am. This year we’re using the tactic of moving Tilly’s bedtime later by 10 minutes a night. Even though our timing hasn’t always been quite on target we have found that even a modest change in bedtime has bumped her waking from 5:15 – 5:45, which had become the norm, to around 6am. This was unexpected as previous attempts at making bedtime later have been met with resolute early waking and more grumpiness owing to less sleep.