I think i have finally found the solution to toddler sleep struggles...................
We all know Santa only brings presents to good boys and girls and most definitely only brings them to children when they are fast asleep in their own bed.
I feared Santa would not visit our house this year as bed asleep is something my toddler is not keen on . I have tried most recommended techniques to get him to bed and to stay in bed, including reward charts and the super nanny sleep technique without much success.
Last night after reading several stories there were still no signs of sleep and E asked if we could talk about Santa and that gave me an idea..................
We talked about Santa and how he visits good boys and girls when their asleep on Christmas eve and so he knows who has been good he sends a special Elf called the sleep Elf to check who is sleeping.
Suddenly sleep sounded like a good idea and little E did not get out of bed once too busy dreaming of the sleep Elf.
I thought this good behaviour deserved an Elf reward so i made a tiny little Elf stocking from fabric remnants and filled it with a chocolate coin and put it on little E's pillow.
I think if the little sleep Elf visits every night in December and leaves Elf rewards we will hopefully have a new improved sleep routine. This makes a lovely little Christmas tradition as well and adds to the magic of Christmas.
If your suffering with toddler sleep struggles give the Elf rewards a try it just may be the magic ingredient you've been looking for. I hope this ideas useful please feel free to comment and add other suggestions to sleep struggles xx
Thought of the day......................... The magic of Christmas x