A few months back, our toddler went through a rough sleep regression. He went from consistently sleeping through the night to waking up multiple times, randomly coming in our room, and deciding he was up for the day at 5 AM – all things that this mama isn’t feeling. Because he had been such a good sleeper for so long, I figured it was a typical sleep regression. But after a few weeks of research and no one sleeping through the night, we decided to try the Hatch Baby Rest.
The Hatch Baby Rest is an all-in-one sound machine, time-to-rise, and nightlight. I knew I wanted to try this product because we already use both a sound machine and nightlight, but the time-to-rise feature is what sold us.
- You can control everything from your phone through Bluetooth.
- The selection of soft, glowing lights and soothing sounds that you can customize based on what type of sleep environment you’d like to set.
- Customizable alarms. These will turn on based on what type of schedule you create, but you can also modify them by the touch of a button.
The customizable alarm selection is my favorite. We used this feature to teach our toddler when it was okay to get out of bed and play quietly in his room until it was time for us to get him in the morning.
TEACHING YOUR TODDLER HOW TO USE IT
Ultimately, we were looking to transition the 5 AM wake-up call to 6:30 AM, so we knew it would take some time. We still have monitors in our kids’ rooms (which was super helpful throughout the process). Keep in mind that it will take a few days or weeks of trial-and-error.
I always find it helpful to see a general guideline of how parents go about doing certain things… I like to see all the steps! Below I included a breakdown of how I introduced the Hatch Baby Rest.
- Start by setting up the light in your little’s room and let them pick the color they want to see when they wake up. Drake chose orange. 🙂 Talk about how orange means, “Wake Up! Time for mommy to get you.”
- Set the alarm in your phone to your desired wake-up time.
- Drake woke up at 5 AM. I heard/saw him moving around on the monitor and knew he was about to get out of bed and run to our room. I grabbed my phone and quickly turned on the orange light. I walked in his room and we talked about how the orange light means, “Wake up! Time for mommy to get you.”
- Because this was only Day 1, I pulled him into bed like we had been doing, turned on an episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and hoped for 10 minutes of chill time before he started asking to go downstairs for the day.
*That night, we talked about the light again. “Tomorrow morning, we wait for the light to come on. The orange light means, WAKE UP! Time for mommy to get you!”
- Drake woke up early again. It may not have been 5, but it was no later than 5:15. When I saw that he was ready to get out of bed again, I turned on the orange light.
- This time, I watched the monitor to see how many minutes I could push it before going to get him. It was no more than 5-10 minutes before he started going for the door, so I jumped out of bed and met him in his room. Again, we talked about the orange light.
*Remind your toddler of the time-to-rise light every night before bed while you’re teaching him.
- Another early morning. I turned the orange light on (once I saw him stirring around), and it was well before the 6:30 AM wake-up alarm. This time I pushed it for a longer amount of time. He stayed in bed for almost a full 20 minutes.
This process took about a week — meaning a week for him to learn that the orange light meant I was coming to get him in the morning. It’s taken quite some time to get him to sleep in a little later, and even now there are still some mornings where I see that he’s awake (to the point of no return) at 6 AM. The good thing is he’ll either hang out in bed or turn on his lamp and play quietly in his room until the light comes on.
The biggest thing I would suggest is that you make it a point to go into your toddler’s room every morning versus letting them leave to come and meet you. Teaching Drake to stay in his room until I get him has given me some extra time in the morning — it’s always nice to see how long I can push it, too.
Even if you are not in the market for a time-to-rise alarm, the Hatch Baby Rest is also a nightlight and sound machine. These are two things that we started using when our kids were newborns, so I think it’s worth trying for those features alone if that’s something you’re looking for.
If you have any tips for how you taught your toddler to sleep in later, I’d love to hear them in the comments below. I’m all ears for new ideas!