Do you have a difficult sleeper? I bet you do. Most families have at least one.
Me? I’ve been blessed with a difficult sleeper winning streak – 4 for 4. All four of my kids have been difficult sleepers. If you’ve been blessed with one or more like mine, who have difficulty developing good sleep patterns until they’re a bit older, I send you my love because I understand the challenges that come with trying to help your child sleep better.
Understanding Why Sleep is Difficult
The sleepless nights may be constant or, like mine, they may come in waves. We often have a few great months of sleep followed by a month of practically no sleep.
Having a difficult sleeper can mean long or interrupted nights, and anxious bedtime routines. But it’s not all bad! Difficult sleepers are often creative and sensitive children. Mine are! That’s why they have trouble sleeping.
My 9-year-old has difficulty getting to sleep because he’s so creative. It’s difficult for him to shut down his mind to get to sleep. His thoughts are revved up with the memories of the day, what he wants to do tomorrow, and imaginative storytelling.
My 4-year-old has trouble staying asleep because she’s my sensitive one. She’s a cuddler. If she wakes in the night she needs a few moments of cuddling to ease her back to sleep. And she still struggles a bit sleeping without a nightlight.
Then there’s my one year old…no explanation needed there, right?
Nightlights Can be Tools to Suit Their Needs
I know there are many methods to help a child sleep. But a few months ago, during a rather difficult run of sleepless nights, I went looking for tools I felt would help my individual children.
I wanted tools, rather than another “sleep method” because that’s what I felt would be best for my kids – to help them understand what keeps them awake, plus how to “fix it” themselves.
That’s when I remembered a catalog I’d received in the mail with fantastically unique products for all ages. So I pulled out my phone and perused Uncommon Goods – while nursing the 1-year-old and cuddling the 4-year-old.
They have a dizzying array of toys and gifts for kids, from games, to science-y stuffed toys, and musical fun. However, I focused on the nightlights.
Solving difficult sleep problems means figuring out exactly what is keeping your child awake, and how to help them manage that particular issue. For my 9-year-old, I knew that meant I needed something that would capture his active imagination and natural curiosity, without stimulating wakefulness.
I knew his need wasn’t a light exactly, but something he could use in the dark to entertain yet calm him.
That led me to the glowing dinosaur – a Bioluminescent Dino Pet! This was perfect for my creative, curious guy.
All his needs are met. It’s tactile – he gently shakes the dinosaur to activate the bioluminescent flagellates (science – #homeschoolscore!). And it’s unique, which satisfies his curiosity and imagination. It’s not bright or loud; the light is gentle and calming rather than stimulating and it makes no noise.
And, he can read the accompanying book for a quiet nighttime activity until his eyelids droop.
Different Kids, Different Needs
For my 4-year-old, I chose an item which would help with her specific needs – security, comfort, and cuddles. I chose a nightlight in the shape of a balloon dog. It was the perfect choice.
The balloon dog nightlight offers a soft light. Even better, it glows for only 30 minutes at a time. This gives her enough light-security time to fall asleep comfortably. Yet, it will not disturb her coveted sleep by glowing all night.
She actually sleeps with her balloon dog some nights! This night light is made of silicone, so it’s soft enough for her to cuddle. If she wakes up in the dark, a quick squeeze of the hind legs will turn its glow back on.
I love finding special items that are beautiful, interesting, and serve a purpose! UncommonGoods.com has a tremendous amount of items that check all those boxes. They have great gifts for all ages and occasions.
What type of nightlight could benefit your difficult sleeper?