A few months ago I was having a really difficult time getting my 3 year old son Max to lay down and go to sleep at night. I use to allow him to take these ridiculously long naps during the day because I knew he wasn’t getting enough sleep during the hours of darkness. I was extra worried about his routine of broken sleep because I realized he was starting school and would need to be alert and functioning in order to learn. That’s when the wires in my brain sparked and I said “No more long naps.” From that point on I started skipping on the nap entirely or just allowed a 30 minute nap and started putting him in bed by 7pm with a warm cup of milk and a full belly. This method worked so well for me, I still can’t believe it. Max now sleeps 12 solid hours! When before the most he would sleep was around 8 to 9 hours total. That warm glass of milk is like a magic lullaby that has worked wonders for my son, and in turn, he’s made such an incredible progress at school.
If you watch Telemundo or Univision you’ll see the cutest California Milk Board spot called “Ya es hora de ir a la cama” between 7p.m. and 9p.m. nightly, as a reminder to parents and children…. It’s Bedtime. I love the spot so much, I just have to post it here for you all to see!
After I swooned over this spot, I could only hope my son’s nighttime REM sleep is as calming, animated, and imaginative.