• i’m_this_many

    we solved this problem by dressing up a mannequin to look like a really creepy clown and placing him under our son’s bed so that just his head stuck out…. we then told him that if he got out of bed before 8 o’clock the clown would get him. it works great! in fact, some days he doesn’t get out of bed at all…

    belated birthday wishes to Leta by the way…

  • gabip

    This is such a great idea, my son is two and gets up with the roosters. I purchased black out shades from PB Kids and curtains but somehow the little monkey knows it’s 6AM. Today he woke at a bright and shiny 5AM, and started chit chatting with Teddy, his bear, by 5:45 the screams began….Mamaaaaaa, Mamaaaaaa, of course it’s never Dadaaaaa. Gone are the days of waking to lovely sounds of music from the alarm clock, now it screams of Mamaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. I think I will be purchasing tinfoil today, lots and lots of tinfoil.

  • http://www.everqueer.com Everqueer

    Hey, The armpit IS much better than the really hard to reach itch…caused by her diaper.

  • http://www.biggestapple.net BigA

    I love it. There was a time when I thought of draping our daughter with one of those bird-cage covers to achieve a similar result. In fact I think I may start producing baby pj’s made out of bird-cage covers. I’m sure Mighty Goods would pick it up in a heart beat!

  • http://harlowandtheboys.blogspot.com greenthumb

    OMG!!! Lucy gets me up every morning at 6am now too. You have given me hope.

    Hmmm! Only one problem, Lucy doesn’t wear diapers. Is it ethical to put your 9 week old puppy in a diaper?

  • http://www.digitalpretzel.com fred

    if the tin foil does not work, just give her a small dose of benadryl… she’ll sleep like a baby.
    ahhhh…drugging the children for the better of the parents…

  • http://nowseriously.blogspot.com LeafGirl77

    That’s hilarious. Whatever you need to do to get some sleep!

    Our strategy? Spray our children with a spray bottle when they start yackin’ at 5:30am. Mind you, our children are our cats.

  • http://valkyrie1223.diaryt Nickki

    GENIUS! I’ll definatly use that on my future little ones.

  • http://squirrelstories.blogspot.com E-Lo

    Dear lord, what a wonderful idea. I’ll keep that one in the back of my brain for when my little one wants to rise with the sun.

  • http://www.ladymadaysia.com ladymadaysia

    It’s so cruel, insane, and GENIUS at the same time! I LIKE IT!

  • Kirstination

    Strange – I have to impose a similar technique for my husband. Yes, I just said my husband. He’s always waking up at 7 am on the weekends. I couldn’t take it anymore and finally covered the windows in black posterboard. He now makes it to about 8:30 before he decides that I must wake up and hang out with him. I can’t imagine what he was like when he was Leta’s age.

  • http://dramaticmommy.com Peggy

    It’s all for her PROTECTION. And of course, your sanity. Brilliant!

  • Jessica Bauer

    Light blocking shades work just as well if you’re looking for a more sightly and permanent solution. Darkness is good! Congrats on your extra hours of sleep!

  • http://barbie2be.blogspot.com barbie2be

    gee, i never sleep anymore. i wonder if tin foil would work for me too? :)

  • http://dooce.migrantroo.com minxlj

    Blackout curtains (drapes) do the same thing…but the tinfoil probably has added defence from aliens, if you read believe certain conspiracy magazines. haha

  • http://mamakbear.blogspot.com MamaKBear

    I did the same thing to the window in my girls’ room! The toddler kept waking up waaaay too freakin’ early in the morning and then she’d wake the baby up. I had enough so covered the window with foil. Works like a charm!

    Now they have separate rooms, and the 3 yr old’s room has no windows…sometimes I wish mine didn’t! The baby sleeps better now too. :)

  • Carli

    Yeah, I live in Alaska and when I was a kid, it got dark after 10 pm and light again at about 3 am – really screwed up the body clock. Foil is a mommy’s best friend! My kids are 3 and 4, and old enough for me to say “Go back to your room until I tell you it’s time to get up.” Sometimes they just play quietly, other times it doesn’t work. There is nothing wrong with deceiving a 2 year old; they need their sleep just as much as you do!

  • http://www.randomandodd.com Kristine

    *slapping forehead* Ohhhh that hate mail you’re going to get from the anti-tin foil on the window people.

    Good thing they weren’t around when my mother was parenting. ;)

  • http://aredeaf.blogspot.com Coelecanth

    Yah, but what are you going to do about The Black Helicopters?

    And Dude, you can moonwalk first thing in the morning!? I’m lucky if I can shuffle forward in a reasonably straight line. That dance tape you have must be some good stuff.

  • http://blueeyezz.wordperss.com Mel

    Ha ha! Maybe I should do that when I want to sleep in on Saturday mornings. :) Sneaky!

  • http://www.sohosally.com/blog sherships

    I would happily wrap anyone or anything in tinfoil that tried to come between me and being asleep at 6:00 in the morning.

  • jams

    in arizona we called this ‘mexican window tint’
    and i just installed mine this weekend!

  • http://rosiejoshandashton.blogspot.com rch7279

    I will have to try this soon I think, My son currently does not have any windows in his room – it’s fantastic, but we are moving in a few months. I didn’t even think of sunlight even being a factor in his sleep – he is 14 months old and goes to sleep at 4:30 pm and wakes at 6:00 am – now that I am thinking about it I deffinately will have to something about the sun!

  • http://pickleness.blogspot.com Stepha1202

    That’s GD brilliant. And you’re so kind for sharing this with us. I now have hope for ditching the bags under my eyes in the near future.

  • Heather

    Isn’t tin foil an invention of the gods? Works great for the two little boys that won’t sleep in the summer, ‘But it’s still day time!!’ and at keeping them asleep until 6 am, because that feels later than 5:55 am.

  • http://di@redefining.org di

    I’m long past the babies waking up early stage, but I think you just gave me an idea for how to make sure my husband sleeps in late on Saturday mornings! Thanks!

  • http://bloomingyou.typepad.com Paula Puffer

    Ha Ha ha….. My 42 year old boyfriend has corrugated tin over his windows (leftover from the hurricane that never happened in Houston last fall). It makes for great sleep when I am over at his house (well that and my cat can’t walk on my face because he is in need of cupboard love).

  • http://www.meninaprons.net meninaprons

    Ah tinfoil on the windows. Reminds me of the fraternity house. It’s a wonder my wife ever married me.

  • Amy D.

    sleep is the nectar of the gods, I can’t wait to use this trick! WOOT!! rock on, Armstrongs!

  • http://blogs.salon.com/0004595 Meg

    I just love that it’s foil. Nothing else seems right, anyhow. When we lived up north in the Yukon, my parents did the same thing to block out the endless light of summer. Unfortunately, I still had a body clock from hell that left me calling out at 5 am, “Hey! You guys UP YET?”

    And this at age two.

  • Elenalyn

    Oh, the things we do to for a little extra sleep. I’ve been known to tickle Nathan awake to prevent a nap, just so he’d sleep longer that night…

  • Elenalyn

    Oh, the things we do for a little extra sleep. I’ve been known to tickle Nathan awake to prevent a nap, just so he’d sleep longer that night…

  • http://worldofvickee.blogspot.com/ Vickee

    This trick is usually discovered after birth of 2nd child, when parents are too tired to worry about ruining First Born’s Spirit by putting amy limitations on said child’s physical world. In reality, Sleep solves so many spirit-crushing problems. We graduated from the foil to light-blocking pleated shades.

    By the way, after a few days of the dark room, Miss Smarty-Pants is going to figure out that dark room doesn’t mean it’s still night. We had a few nights of little ones stumbling around in the wee hours, but eventually everyone started sleeping through the night. For awhile. Then the night terrors started. Then we had to limit reading to non-scary bedtime books due to nightmares. I spose that 6-year molars teething pain is next. It’s always somethin’!

  • Be Still

    We could never do this. In the Midwest, foil on the windows makes people suspect you are running a Meth lab.

  • http://www.zahlaway.com Jon Z.

    PS: 6 a.m. is considered “late sleep” around the Zahlaway household. 8:15 sounds like noon to me.

  • patchuga

    We do the same thing with our kids. Because they are sun-powered. Not only does the baby have tinfoil on all the windows in his room, he has a humidifier for white noise and a blanket to divide the room in two–so the door is not visible from the crib. During naps, we run a fan to add to the white noise. The oldest didn’t even get tinfoil, he got cardboard duct-taped to the windows. IT WORKS.

  • http://thekilgore.blogspot.com christy

    she’s like a bird! try putting a towel over her head next time you want her to take a nap, and I bet she’ll nod right off.

    the bad news is you’ll spend a fortune on suet.

  • NicoleR

    Child rearing isn’t in my near future but I feel confident that with your non-conventional approach (i’ve been taking notes)raising kiddos is going to be easy, or at least fun as hell.

  • http://www.selfproclaimedsupermom.com Self-Proclaimed Supermom

    That is the best idea I have ever heard! I need to try that on my kids. You are a smart, smart mommy.

  • Elizabeth

    When I was little, my parents made me a clock and told me that I couldn’t come out of my room until the big hand was on the 12 and the little hand was on the 6.

    Why did this work?

    Because the clock was paper.

    The big hand was never going to get to the 12.

    The little hand was never going to get to the 6.

    I’m not sure how long this worked, but it definitely did work for a while.

  • Julie Odland

    Scratching her underarms with your toothbrush, huh? Mine does the opposite–he unscrews the lid of my deodorant and sticks it in his mouth. MMmmmm lavendar.

    Anyway, enjoy the sleeping!

  • http://www.zahlaway.com Jon Z.

    Dear god, this works?? Hark, where’s my tin foil and tape???

  • strawberrygoldie

    When my ex hubby was a kid, he thought that foil on windows meant that the people inside the house were doing the nasteeeee.

    Why did he think that you ask? Not even he knows.

    This is a man who wakeboards naked by the local country club.

    I have a son with this man.

    Oh, what the future holds for me as a mom…

  • Redpepr

    You are devious and inspiring. i want to be like you when i grow up!


  • http://www.snickrsnack.com Snickrsnack Katie

    At first, I must admit I thought this was a tad strange, to put foil in the windows. But then I realized it was no more deceiving than me adding water to the apple juice or buying veggie burgers for our 4 year old and telling him they are regular hamburgers. Sometimes, we have to lie to our kids for their own good. And if it gives us a good chuckle in the meantime, what is the harm in that? I so need to give this hint to my sister, whose 15 month old daughter denies sleep until the point where she goes crashing headfirst into a wall from exhaustion. You, Heather, are a genius.

  • http://www.digitalcatharsis.com The Mighty Jimbo

    what do you recommend for a dog that has the same schedule?

    i’m not what he’s been doing with MY toothbrush, but judging from his breath, he isn’t using it on his teeth.

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  • http://maxigumee.com Maxigumee

    Tin foil has so many uses! I never knew it could block out sunlight, though! I could have saved a lot of money on eye masks and thick curtains if I had known that.

  • http://goingape.blogspot.com Goingape

    Wow, I need to do that for my cats. Not that Leta is like a pet… But my two cats start watching the birds the moment the sun comes up, and the best viewing window is in our bedroom.

  • Samantha

    Forget the kids rooms. I’m thinking of doing it in my room. Was up at 7 Saturday and Sunday bloody sun. Huzzah, for the 8:15 sleep in. Don’t think I’m not jealous cause I am!