My Toddler Wakes Up Too Early…and My Hair Is Still Wet!
I was recently reading Progressive Mom’s post chronicling the 10 things she learned about children and sleep. It got me thinking about my children and their sleep issues. So here is the big problem I’m facing right now. My young toddler son (15 months) wakes up too early and it’s always at the worst time – I’m still in a towel, I need to iron my clothes, my hair is dripping wet.
Really the issue is the fact that he’s annoyingly inconsistent in his wake up time – varying from 4:30 to 6:30 a.m. You may be thinking this is not that big of a problem. And you’re right. I’m lucky that, without fail, he is asleep every night between 7:30 and 8:00 p.m. and has had this same “to bed” routine since about 4 months.
But as a working mom who is constantly walking through schedules in my head in order to get the whole family to the right place at the right time, this behavior is driving me nuts. It’s not like when he was really little and would sit in his swing and gurgle at me as I got ready. This is my daredevil toddler who recently got stitches when I turned my back to hang up a towel.
My husband helps when he can but he needs to be ready and out of the house by 6:30. I could wake up early-early but, eh, I doubt that’s going to happen often. I tried the “shower at night” routine and it worked pretty well when I had shorter hair. But it’s like a rat’s nest in the morning these days and really needs a wash/rinse. I tried books in his crib and playing his little music mobile but, the minute I leave his room, cue the toddler separation anxiety screaming. Right now we’re making it work because of the distraction from his new fave novelty of brushing his teeth.
I’m not really sure if there is a solution but I’m all ears if you’ve been there and done…what?