It\u2019s 5:00 am on Saturday morning. My eyes snap open as I sense someone is staring at me. It\u2019s my two preschoolers, poking me, whispering in the softest voice, \u201cis it time to get up mommy?\u201d I want to scream at them, \u201cgo back to sleep!\u201d but instead I roll out of bed, blurry-eyed and put on a morning cartoon to appease them until I\u2019m awake. For the longest time, I was desperate to figure out how to keep early risers in bed longer. It took some trial and error, but we finally figured out how to keep our kids in bed, at least until 6:30, and sometimes even 7 am! We don\u2019t mind these times because we are fairly early risers ourselves. However, if you prefer sleeping in even later, you should be able to use these 6 tips to keep your kids in bed longer. 1. Make their Room Sleep-Friendly Probably the first thing you should do is make sure your child\u2019s room is sleep-friendly. Install some black-out or room-darkening curtains, make sure the room is the right temperature, and ensure they have everything they need to fall and stay asleep. My kids are 100% potty trained, but if you\u2019re still dealing with night-time accidents, I highly suggest buying the heavy-duty night-time diapers. I found the Huggies nighttime diapers worked awesome (they didn\u2019t pay me to say this, I just really found them effective!). Once I put my kids in these, they slept through much better. 2. Get a Clock that Turns Colors The absolute best thing we did to keep our kids in bed in the morning was buying a clock that changes colors. The clock turns green when it\u2019s time for them to get out of bed. This simple little invention worked great for us. The first few nights after we got the clock, the kids would come out of their room and say things like \u201cthe clock isn\u2019t green yet, when will the clock turn green?\u201d We just told them to go back to their room until the clock turned green. After a few mornings of them asking when, they realized they just had to wait. Now, they know they aren\u2019t allowed to come out of their room until the clock turns green. When we moved to Boston, we actually shifted the time back a bit so now they sleep in a bit later. Ironically, they haven\u2019t seemed to notice that we shifted the time, and the clock keeps them in their beds until it turns green. 3. Let Them Stay Up Later If your kids keep waking up very early, maybe they are well-rested. Perhaps you need to keep them up a bit later so they will sleep later. We recently realized we needed to shift our kids\u2019 bedtime to later because they were staying up in their room talking for nearly an hour. On the nights when we keep them up until 7:30, they usually fall right asleep, so we figured that is their appropriate bedtime now. Most things I\u2019ve read say that preschoolers should get 10-12 hours of sleep a night. If they are waking up too early or not falling asleep right away (within 15 minutes or so), then you should probably adjust their bedtime. 4. Skip Naps Even after shifting their bedtime, if your child still gets up too early (and seems well-rested) then it might be time to drop the nap. I know it\u2019s hard! I really didn\u2019t want to get rid of naps because I love the free time. Now that my son is almost 5, I realize he doesn\u2019t always need a nap. Sometimes we\u2019ll just do \u2018quite time\u2019 in their room so I still get a little break, but they don\u2019t need a full nap that often anymore. 5. Leave Toys and Books in Their Room If your child refuses to sleep in, despite your best attempts, then you might want to leave some books and toys in their room so they can play when they wake up. Once we instituted the light-up clock in our kids\u2019 room, we didn\u2019t need anything else. However, I would be happy to have them read books when they wake up if that will keep them in their rooms longer. 6. Offer Incentives (Like a Sticker Chart) If your child likes incentives, maybe you could start a sticker chart or find other incentives to keep your early riser in bed. I tried a sticker chart with my son when he was potty training and it didn\u2019t really work for us. However, my daughter loves stickers. I have a feeling a sticker chart would totally work for her to keep her in bed if we find the clock stops working at some point. Are you struggling with keeping your early riser in bed? If so, I really hope you try out some of these tips and tell me how it\u2019s going. I\u2019d love to hear from you!