Sleeping – I had many issues with it earlier, but after becoming a ‘mommy’ realisation struck me how wrong I was!

Baby – “Mommy I am sleepy”

Mom – Ok baby let’s go to bed…

Baby – Yessss… it’s play time – on bed!!

Mommy – *faints* 

Don’t you agree, when the little angel arrived she had very irregular sleeping habits – elders in family and peers advised with their experience every month or two the sleeping habits change in infants. I waited ….. waited…. and waited for 4 months but she was a night owl. Would sleep just for 2 hours in the whole night, and my routine transformed like her’s.

Sleeping woes continuessss..

She is 5 today and have many things on her plate – play time, fun time, school time and chatting time (sorry that is constant) we go to bed by 10:30 pm with the notion to sleep at least in 30 minutes however these 30 minutes have capability in turning into 300 any given night… phew! When I learned the prompt of the week on #mondaymommymoments I burst out laughing – and my first reaction was – “I do not put her to SLEEP, it’s she who does this to me ;)”….

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Sleeping Policy

We honestly don’t have any policy or regime when it comes to putting little miss to Sleep, learned this from hard laboured earned experience… *Yawn* However, we do some daily rituals or rules before hitting bed – together.

  1. I finish her dinner by 8:30 pm which gives us good 2 hours to digest and be safe from untimely poo calls or belching burps in night.
  2. A mug of warm milk just before sleeping, have observed this induce healthy sleep and she doesn’t get up in between giving me scares for life.
  3. We read a story – a happy story on bed, usually my stories have her as protagonist and bad habit as an evil monster, e.g., her favourite is when she fights the monster (in frozen’s ELSA glittery gown) who hits small kids & litter the roads.
  4. Keep the room dark and quite – with light; comes the reflections and shadows which can give lot of ideas to these tiny brain factories, on just one little shadow she can talk for 60 whole minutes 😀 hence, I do not bring any such chances and keep room dark.
  5. Let the excess energy pass – when the schools are closed and not much to do at home, I take her to parks or to the pools to kill the excess energy stored in tiny limbs and brain. Exhaustion welcomes hunger and sleep home.
  6. Slowly this has become a pattern for us, but we are flexible when it comes to changing any activity due to demand of day/time.
  7. We break the monotony of plain and simple sleeping and do pyjama parties on weekends – creating tent with bed sheets and bringing funny shadows from torch lights is her idea for fun. It gets super exciting for her when daddy dear joins as Peppa Pig – Daddy Pig 😉 oink oink
  8. I am a firm believer of – let them be their age; there are times when I myself break the rules defined for sleeping. Today she’s of the age when can have all fun without being worried – life ahead is full of challenges and tasks.

These are just few of things we follow for happy and good night sleep, do share with me – What you do to put kids – to Sleep.

Did you read the last submitted post with #mmm click here – Hopes & Wishes for a Better You!

 

Linking this post with #mondaymommymoments from Amrita or Deepa

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28 Comments

Zainab · August 6, 2017 at 5:59 am

Pajama party sounds fun 🙂
I also make them have a warm mug of milk minutes before bedtime!

Lol, truly, it’s the kids who make us sleep 😉

    gleefulblogger · August 6, 2017 at 6:04 am

    Hahaha thanks Z, glad you like it

Anubhuti Seth · August 6, 2017 at 12:16 pm

Pyjama parties….let me join too there…my son goes to bed and becomes more active there. Jumping is all he finds his fun in!!!

    gleefulblogger · August 6, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Hahaha kids… phew energy power plants

Deepa · August 6, 2017 at 2:01 pm

Haha..she is the one who puts me to sleep. Actually, that happens with all of us. great tips. Thanks Dipika for linking up 🙂

    gleefulblogger · August 6, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Thanks Deepa ❤❤

Amrita Basu · August 6, 2017 at 6:57 pm

Creating tent with bed sheets and happy stories?I am telling you this is uncanny or God gives all moms these brain waves.We do tents every weekend.Unbelievable .Loved this post and watch out for a surprise!

    gleefulblogger · August 7, 2017 at 2:33 am

    Thanks a lot Amrita.. 🙂

Obsessivemom · August 7, 2017 at 7:15 am

I love how methodical you are. I realised long back that routines work well for young children. That you relax them on weekends is even better. Oh and I loved the idea of stories with she the protagonist and a bad habit a villain – that’s a stroke of genius.

    gleefulblogger · August 9, 2017 at 3:10 am

    Thank You so much Tulika for liking 🙂

Creative Life Star · August 7, 2017 at 9:57 am

Great tips and quotes with superb pics on sleeping.

Hena Jose · August 7, 2017 at 11:35 am

Loved your post Dipika. In initial years I was strict with timings for bed, but then slowly I understood that sleep is not something that comes by putting stress. Our bedtime include stories, giggles and at time screams from my end….

    gleefulblogger · August 9, 2017 at 3:11 am

    Thank You Hena, really sleep time is the most crucial for sound and peaceful sleep

Bushra · August 7, 2017 at 5:52 pm

I can’t sleep in the dark room but silence do wonders for my sleep

Bushra Khan · August 7, 2017 at 5:55 pm

I try to make sure that I follow the bed time rituals to the dot! but yes, we have our good days and down days! and then children ALWAYS know how to get an extra five minutes from their usual routine!

    gleefulblogger · August 9, 2017 at 3:12 am

    true that, thanks for reading

Prisha Lalwani · August 7, 2017 at 6:03 pm

i love the PJ party idea. It must be so much fun

Sheetal · August 8, 2017 at 1:51 am

This is such an adorable post . I totally loved it 😍

Mrinal · August 8, 2017 at 3:55 am

You have a great regime.. draining their energy is really important for a good nights sleep

Sangeeta · August 8, 2017 at 4:32 am

While maintaining a routine is important, so is breaking the monotony. Great that you have a regime but still let them be kids and enjoy.

Papri Ganguly · August 8, 2017 at 6:03 am

I follow what you have said here regularly. dark and silent room with happy stories truly help.

Jiya B · August 8, 2017 at 6:23 am

We do follow the steps for silence and peaceful sleep. Infact if you sleep peacefully undisturbe you can use your brain 25% more read somewhere and think positively. 🙂

Poornima m reddy · August 8, 2017 at 12:02 pm

Some new moms feel putting their baby to sleep is tough task… This is something some one can try following… Loved your post

Amreen Shaikh · August 8, 2017 at 3:38 pm

That’s a very thoughtful post! Definitely gonna try this out for the kids at home 🙂

Rashmi · August 8, 2017 at 4:56 pm

Lovely post … would love to follow this

Rakhi Parsai · August 8, 2017 at 5:59 pm

I completely agree with the rituals that you have mentioned for everyday. Even I try and stick to these for peaceful sleep for myself 🙂

    gleefulblogger · August 9, 2017 at 3:13 am

    Thank You Rakhi

Snigdha · August 8, 2017 at 7:23 pm

It is such a cute post and there are so many ideas… I like pajama party… Even this is a hard time these days to make my son sleep early..

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