This post is sponsored by UrbanHello but the opinions and experiences are my own. #helloREMI
After having two babies who were good sleepers I was bound to get one who was a bit more challenging. Enter Quincy 🙂 For the first two years of his life he woke up around 5 am. It didn’t matter what I tried or how tired he was, he just woke up with the sun. And while I had some success at sleep training and getting him to sleep through the night, I could never seem to get him to sleep later in the morning. But I needed to sleep past 5:30 am! Not only did he wake up at the crack of dawn, but he would scream until I went in to get him out of bed. And because I have two other kids that I don’t want awake that early, I would always have to get up with him as soon as he would scream for me. He was totally working me and there was nothing I could do about it.
We talked to a sleep consultant who did help me to get him to sleep until 6 am by putting him to bed earlier. We basically reset his sleep cycle so he wasn’t waking up for good because he shifted into his lighter sleep cycle too close to morning. It also helped that he wasn’t overtired. But he still wasn’t consistently sleeping past 5:30-6 am. I knew we needed to try something else and an ok to wake clock had worked with our other kids (although we had used them once they were a bit older and in a bed). But we decided to give one a try with Quincy and went with REMI.
REMI is a smart 5-in-1 bedside clock that is a baby monitor, sleep trainer and tracker, alarm clock, nightlight and speaker — all in one. I wish I had one earlier — I think starting really early with your little one so they are familiar with the clock, the light, and and what it means will help when the time is right to teach them how to be good sleepers. It can sit by the bed and offer your kiddo a bit of comfort at night with its soft glow and provide parents with more information about your child’s sleep habits and patterns at the same time. Parents can program REMI’s face to show closed eyes or open eyes and a smile at specific times, giving children a simple indicator of when it is time to go to bed in the evening, and when it is ok to wake up or get out of bed in the morning.
You control the REMI with an app through your smartphone and connect via Bluetooth. The app is how you monitor their sleep patterns and get an idea as to what happens throughout the night so you know if there is an issue you need to address or can help with — similar to Quincy’s early morning wakeup issues we used to have. You can also use the app to control wake and sleep times, play music, set and change the REMI’s faces and use the walkie-talkie feature. And it let’s you do all of this from your phone without actually going into your child’s room (because we all know that once you go in, you may not come out for a loooong time…)
With Quincy, my favorite feature is that I can set the REMI to a happy face at the time that it is ok for him to wake up. So if he wakes and doesn’t see it — and instead sees a sleeping face — he will (hopefully) go back to sleep. And for older kiddos, you can use REMI as an alarm clock and play music through it via Bluetooth. So it is basically a clock that you can use from 0-10 years and beyond.
Quincy has been sleeping until 7 am most mornings lately, and a couple times as late as 8 am! Who knows why or what has worked, but I’m just going to keep doing all of the same things and hope it sticks. But the REMI seems to have clicked with him and I know it is at least part of our progress. If you are having sleep issues with your little one or if you want to be ready for when you do, the REMI is a great tool for your mom arsenal. It is available for purchase on Amazon here.
This post is sponsored by UrbanHello but the opinions and experiences are my own.