One thing you don’t really comprehend when you consider becoming a mom is just how much you will miss sleep. I mean the idea of sleeping in flies right out the window when the baby comes home. And for some moms it happens at the beginning of the pregnancy. As a mom veteran of 10 years there are few tips you can implement into your home to help you find a few extra minutes on the weekends to sleep in.
Sleep in tips:
- Develop a sleep routine. If you have early risers, the best thing you can do is make sure you work to develop a healthy sleep routine for your child from day 1. This not only makes your child happier, but ensures you get more sleep too.
- Train your child about weekend wake up time. Each of our boys has a clock in their own room. Although on school days we require they get up on time to catch the bus. But on weekends; we tell them that it is time to sleep in. And we have a “can’t get up before 8:00 AM” rule in our house. Sure they can go to the bathroom if they need. But otherwise they are to remain in their bedrooms and read quietly or play quietly with their “quiet toys”. At 8:00 AM they can come upstairs and enjoy their pre-planned breakfast and watch cartoons quietly until Mom and Dad get up.
- Train your kids on eating a Pre-planned Breakfast. (We’ll discuss this in a moment)
- Tag team. If you and your spouse are both home; set up a schedule where you can take turns sleeping in on Saturday mornings. One weekend you will get up with the kids once you hear them rummaging around the kitchen at breakfast time; while your spouse sleeps in. The next weekend you get to sleep in while your spouse manages the kids in the morning.
Sleep In by using the Pre-planned breakfast method.
Let’s talk about that Pre-planned breakfast ideas for a moment. This is an awesome Mom tip that I absolutely love! Since my oldest is 10 years old I have taught him how to use the microwave for a few items. But for the younger kids; they aren’t quite old enough to be allowed to use the Microwave unsupervised just yet. In that case a mini prepackaged cereal breakfast is a brilliant idea!
Simply prepare ahead of time a great Saturday Morning breakfast for your kids. Then show them where everything is located so when they get up on Saturday Morning; they can quietly feed themselves while you catch just a few extra minutes.
You will need cups and airtight containers with lids. Pour in the proper portion of Kellogg’s cereal into each bowl and cover. Then portion out the milk into the cups and put the lid on. Then store in the fridge where your kids can easily access them.
Or if you have a little one who isn’t a fan of milk in their cereal; they can just eat it dry. Just like my Miss Jade! All she needs is a pre-portioned container she can grab and eat while watching morning cartoons.
You can event slice up apples or prepare fruit ahead of time and put that in the air tight containers as well to go with the morning cereal! Just be sure to show them where it is at; so they can eat their fresh fruit with the morning Kellogg’s cereal. And not have to come wake Mommy up to find the fruit.
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What are your best Sleep In Tips?
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