Changing Bedtimes: How to help your children adjust. Part 1On February 21, 2018 by Kari
Throwing Our Old Routine Out
We are currently adjusting our regular bedtime routine we’ve had for many years because Daddy is officially on a home every night truck route (Yay!) and I’m consistently waking early to get a workout in.
We are tossing out the old times of being in bed around 9:00p.m. and waking up around 8:00a.m. We’ve always had the kids up later because Daddy was getting home late and he wanted to make sure he got plenty of time with the kids. Now he’s still getting home around the same time but living tiny means that when he goes to bed the kids need to be in bed so the house is quiet. This also benefits my schedule because in order to continue with my workouts I need to be getting to bed earlier myself.
How we are going to do it
We are going to slowly introduce the changes to the kids. Partly for them to adjust to getting to bed early but also for me to adjust our daily schedule like getting dinner on the table earlier.
We are going to start with 8:45 p.m., then move to 8:30 p.m., and adjust every 15 minutes until we figure out the perfect timing for us. I was originally thinking that we’d move them all the way up to 8:00 p.m. but with my husband has been on his new home route for 2 weeks now and he’s been getting home between 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. so getting the kids in bed before he’s home isn’t going to work for us. He loves seeing his kids every night and the kids won’t sleep until daddy is home.
How long before it’s normal
I have no idea! I do hope that it will only take about 2 weeks before they are adjusted to going to bed at the new time. I think that Cutie Pie is going to have the hardest time adjusting her daily routine to fit this new wake/sleep time (young ones are always the worst when the time change comes). I’m not sure how I’m going to help her adjust to it without having big fits and crazy nap times but I will make sure to come and share what works and doesn’t work when we are done. Watch for Part Two!
So wish me luck! I think I might need it after having so many years of this routine under our belt.