Monday, February 5th, 2007
Good Night Stoplight for Regulating Bedtime Excuses
I am intrigued by the following product. The Good Night Stoplight by Moms on Edge is a training tool for keeping kids in bed. It’s an 18" tall stuffed felt traffic light hung around a door knob. Green and yellow fabric lights are detachable, but the red light is sewn on.
The Big Idea is that you let your child have two valid reasons for getting out of bed, such as a potty break or getting a drink of water. You remove one light after each departure, but when only the red light is left, you put a stop to the nonsense. "The light is red, so you must stay in bed."
I am intrigued because this isn’t yet an issue with my 2.6-year-old daughter. Rarely does she need a potty break after bedtime, and water is kept on her pint-sized nightstand. The notion that she could leave her bed without our permission never enters her mind.
This traffic light has me wonderingâ€¦ if your toddler does jump out of bed whenever he wants, how do *you* go about handling the situation?
Is giving your child two preapproved chances to delay bedtime a more convenient solution than the alternative? If you don’t have a prop such as this one, do you just rely on your stern voice to keep your child focussed on getting to sleep?