Updated: Jul 3
A toddler sleep trainer clock can be a useful tool to incorporate into your evening bedtime routine, act as a night light and be a visual aid to help resolve an early morning wake up. Read on for my top tips when introducing a toddler clock.
My Top Tips for successfully implementing your sleep trainer clock
➡️ Explain how the clock works to your toddler. They need to understand the rule is to stay in bed until the clock wakes up. The also need to understand the consequence - if they get up before then, they’ll be taken straight back to bed. Reinforce to your child that they are a big boy / girl now and you know they are clever enough to stay in bed until the clock wakes up.
➡️ If your child usually wakes at 5am – as much as you won’t like to do so, initially set their clock to “wake up” at 5am.
➡️ This encourages the positive feedback loop / gratification they will get from achieving the goal to stay in bed until the clock “wakes up”. You can give them a reward such as a sticker or an M&M.
➡️ The next day you might keep it at 5am, or make it 5.05am. Again, reward your child for staying in bed until then.
➡️ Over the coming 3 – 6 weeks (depending on your child’s age, what time they are currently waking etc) you can slowly slowly edge the time out closer towards 6.30/7am.
Reason’s why your sleep trainer clock may not be working –
➡️ The time to “wake up” on the clock is unrealistic for your child at this point in time, or you’ve moved the time too close to 7am too quickly
➡️ Your child may be having too much day sleep or be getting into bed to late in the evening which is contributing to waking early.
➡️ Lack of consequences or following through on consequences if they do get up before the clock “wakes up”.
➡️ You’ve placed the clock within reach of your toddler and they’ve changed the settings!
Using a sleep trainer clock has proven to be a very effective tool with my toddler clients who have been early risers.