Bedtime? But It's Still Light Out, Mommy!

Cynthia Dermody
Toddlers & Preschoolers

Summer Survival Guide

sleep schedule in summer

Photo by social1972

For most of the year, bedtime at my house is between 7:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. This is not a problem in the winter because the days are short and it's dark by bedtime.

But now during summer, when the days are long and the nights are short, I get, "Mommy, it's still daytime, it's not bedtime yet!"

And, "Mommy, the sun's up! Time for breakfast! (between 5 and 6 a.m.)

This is not fun for mom and dad, plus the kiddos are getting way less than the 12 hours sleep they should.

Moms in the Heated Debates group were sharing ways to foil the sunlight and get their toddlers to stick to normal sleep schedules in the summer -- not an easy task.

One mom plasters the windows with aluminum foil, which keeps the early morning sun out very well. Another uses black-out curtains from Walmart.

Still others just give up and let their kids go to bed a little later and hope for the best. It's hard to say no when they can hear all the other neighbor kids out in the street playing.

How do you keep your toddlers on the same sleep schedule in the summer? Does the later sunset and earlier sunrise really mess things up for you?

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