the nighttime struggle

By Emily.

I mentioned a few FRYdays ago that my boys are now sharing a room and bunk bed. For the most part it is going pretty well, but some nights actually getting them to sleep goes over about as well as a pregnant pole vaulter. Summer isn’t helping with it’s erratic bedtimes and incessant popsicle consumption and with school on our heels I am revisiting all I know about a bedtime routine. Here are some things I’ve picked up that are at least creating the illusion of control! Nightlights. water bottles, calming tunes and one accessory that I’m certain will save marriages. Ready for it? Let’s begin.

First, a night light. We have the SnapPower (still one of my favorite products featured on SF!) outlet covers in their oom, the hallway and bathroom for bedtime bathroom trips, but weirdly they like it to feel like daytime before they drift to sleep. Loving these night lights from around the web:nightlightsLand of Nod Gummy Bear Light // Full Moon // Rocket Ship lamp // Cactus (the whole collection is rad!) // Starry Night // Illusion Duck Light (looks 3D but it’s tripping me out and flat // Owl Traveling Night Light // Land of Nod Elephant // Land of Nod Kitty that is Miffy-esque but cheap!

Second: If I had a dollar for every time Hayes or Cal came out to the kitchen squinty-eyed asking for a water I’d be a millionaire. I hate sending them with drinks that spill in the night, and if I had them finish their cup in the kitchen they’d sip until dawn. So these Contigo Auto Spout bottles are the MVPs of our bedtime. They have a thick straw that doesn’t spill so I tuck them in bed with the boys at night and they are drinking more water than ever thinking they’re hot stuff, so double win!

Third: I first noticed I could get my boys to sleep to classical music in the car. If I knew they needed a nap and we had a ways to drive, classical gets turned on and within minutes they’re out. I start out with this Yann Tiersen piece and I’ve got a Spotify playlist of favorites but this compilation looks awesome! If I need to get them to calm down or they’re having trouble staying asleep I bring in my Flip speaker.

Lastly: I sure hyped this so be prepared to be let down. 🙂 Russ and I are nearing our 10 year anniversary and I can’t count how many times I’ve been frustrated at toothpaste. The cap is NEVER on. It’s dried out and I have to Hulk Smash! the tube every day to get any out. Then it explodes out and gets all over the sink and then the sink the worst to clean. This is all assuming I can actually find the tube. Do I really need to continue this rant? Enter the iLifeTech Automatic Toothpaste Dispenser. Clean, one handed, stationary, automatic, I never have to look for it, clean up after it, or squeeze the life out of it. For our bedtime routine it’s amazing because I usually need  at least one hand to keep my kids from running away from me when I try and brush their teeth, this one I can do all one handed. Its the best $15 anyone will ever spend.

What would you add, friends?

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