- Set the timer to turn a light on when you want to begin your day. For us that is 7:30 AM. You may have to slowly work up to your start time. For example, if your child wakes at 6:30 AND is upset then set the timer for 6:45. They will only be upset for 15 minutes, but will learn that you come in when the light turns on. Then, gradually add 5 minutes to the start time (in our example we would change it from 6:45 to 6:50) until you get to your desired start time.
- Stand outside the door one minute before the timer will turn the light on.
- When the light comes on IMMEDIATELY walk in with a big "good morning!" and begin your day.
- When your child gets out of bed (and of course they will) simply place them back in bed and say "wait for your light to come on". Do this as many times as necessary. You can incorporate Supper Nanny's "Stay in Bed Technique".
Get creative with the timer!
- When my son turned 3 I changed the rules a bit. I had the light come ON at 7:00 AM and he was allowed to play quietly in his room until 7:30 AM when the light turned OFF.
- My boys bed time is 7:30 PM. My 4 year old still takes a 1 1/2 hour nap so he isn't ready to fall asleep until around 8:00PM. I could use the timer to allow him to "read" in his bed for a half hour until his light goes OFF. I haven't done this yet.