By Jen Wilson
It is not uncommon for my Facebook feed to fill up in the morning with statuses about children who were up much too early, and parents who are craving a couple more hours of sleep. I can definitely empathize, as my son also loves the early morning hours. Before he was born, though, I was fortunate enough to have the hours leading up to 7 am blissfully silent. My girls can both read a digital clock now, but before they could, I used the Good Nite Lite.
The objective of the Good Nite Lite is to teach a child to stay in bed until morning. The idea is that darkness means sleeping and light means it’s time to get up.
The Good Nite Lite has two faces—one with a moon for the nighttime and one with a sun for the daytime. It can help your child differentiate between daytime and nighttime and reinforce good sleep patterns. There is a timer inside that can be set to the time you choose for your child to get up for the day, at which point the sun will appear. If he wakes up and sees that the moon is still visible, he knows that it is not time to get up and he should go back to sleep. The Good Nite Lite automatically shuts itself off during the day to save energy.
A friend of mine recommended this light to me, saying it was her saving grace. It worked for my then-three-year-old until she was able to read a digital clock and not get out of bed until there was a seven. I then passed it on to my nieces, who gave their mom another hour or so of sleep before getting up for the day. Who could argue with that?
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Jen Wilson is a married mother of three super-awesome children—two girls and a boy—who range in age from 0-10. She enjoys photography, organizing, reading, TV and sarcasm. She drinks her coffee black and dreams of one day owning a dishwasher. You can also find her on her blog, Hey Mrs. Wilson, where she has been writing about life in Saskatchewan since 2004.