Operation Slumbertime : Update

A few of you may remember an earlier post on my blog; Operation Slumbertime”: my mission to change my adorable toddler from a “Night Owl”  into an “Early Bird”.

It’s been nearly 3 weeks (17 days, to be precise) since I wrote that post and I thought it’s about time I gave you all an update. So, here’s the Good News : Mission Accomplished!

After one false alarm early on, I wanted to be sure that V’s sleeping pattern had definitely changed before bragging (Yes, to me getting my two year old to sleep at night is something worth bragging) about it on this blog lest I end up jinxing it.

After a record 10 days of sleeping through the night, I guess it’s now safe to say that my baby is not a Vampire. Not quite and “Early Bird” as yet, but the timing suits me just fine.

We have finally been able to see some sunlight, and so have resumed our usual trips to the library and the toddler groups, weather permitting. Life couldn’t be  more perfect! Except…we have another big move coming up next month.

My Husband just told me yesterday that his assignment is nearing completion and so we will be returning to India in exactly a month’s time, after completing almost a year in UK. Which means, a different time zone and a whole new sleeping schedule. Help!!!

Anyway, I am glad I started the Sleep Journal, it has definitely been very helpful. I feel more confident about handling Jet Lag now, so definitely look forward to returning home and meeting family after almost a year.

I plan to write a detailed post on how we ended up getting V’s sleep cycle back on track, sometime later this month.

Today, I wanted to share a Bedtime chart designed for older school-going children.

Some of you may have already seen the chart, which was originally posted on Wilson Elementary School’s Facebook page. The chart, designed by a parent became viral within a few days of posting and has been shared over 400,000 times.

There are mixed reactions to the chart, with many parents opining that their kids would be up at 4 AM if they followed the recommended schedule.

After struggling with V’s sleep issues, I have come to the conclusion that not all kids sleep for 12 hours a day. So, the schedule would definitely have to be tweaked to suit the child’s temperament.

As for you fellow moms, have a look at the chart, and let me know in the comments if you think it would work for you.

Wilson Elementary school -Bedtime Chart

Update: Finally got around to creating the poll. Thank you Vikram for your helpful tip!

PS : I would love to include a poll, but am still figuring out how to do it. So, if you know how to add polls, please leave some advice in the comments. Thank you guys!

Image credit : Wilson Elementary 


Operation Slumbertime

15099773683_f36735afc7_oIf you have been following my blog, you may have read about V’s erratic sleeping habits in my coffee update post.

Although I mentioned it only towards the end of the post, I would be lying if I said that it was the last thing on my mind when I wrote the post.

This sudden change in V’s sleeping pattern started sometime after his second birthday in early October. Thanks to Babycenter, I did expect a few changes in his sleep pattern. However, I foolishly assumed it to mean that V would simply skip one of his morning naps. I couldn’t have been more mistaken. In V’s case, there was hardly any change in his daytime nap. Instead, he starting sleeping less at night. He would sleep for two to three hours post his usual bedtime at night and then wake up refreshed and stay awake till  5 or 6 Am in the morning (today he was awake from 2:30 AM to 8:00 AM). He would then sleep for about 6 to 7 hours at a stretch and wake up only in the afternoon. Obviously, the system was wrong.

At first I thought it could be because of lots of unspent physical energy and tried to increase the amount of physical activity that I usually try to include in V’s daily routine. However, I found it increasingly difficult to include outdoor activities after the end of daylight saving, and the onset of autumn (or is it winter already?). Instead, I tried to include as many indoor activities as I could think of such as dancing, jumping and running around the house. Still, it didn’t work and so my poor hubby was left with no choice but to deal with my sleep deprived alter ego; waiting to snap, snarl and bite.


So, after going through various stages of whining, ranting, crying, guilt, self-pity, frustration, anger and then trying to make a change and failing miserably, I was back to Square One. Tired of cribbing about the same thing to anybody who would bother to talk to me, I have finally come to the conclusion that this task needs to be tackled in a bit more organised and planned manner.

And That, my friends is how Operation Slumbertime came into being.

Here is what I plan to do:

Step 1 :

Try and create a sleep journal (akin to a diet journal), to log in the number of hours that V sleeps during the day and if there is a pattern to it. Hopefully, it helps in identifying the problem. *Fingers crossed*

Depending on the results of Step 1, will post updates on the steps that follow.

Photo credit:
  1. Image 1: Flickr.com
  2. Image 2: Quotesgram.com