I know this doesn't make for much of an Instructable, but we've found it so helpful I just had to share it.
Step 1: Materials
A simple list of materials:
-Toddler (or other individual who wakes you up at the crack of 'way too early')
-Plug in timer (I got mine at Home Depot for less than $7)
-Table lamp (any lamp will do, I used one we had, but you could get one from a garage sale or make one using one of the many Instructables out there for that).
-40W or lower light bulb (I used a 20W incandescent - the point here is it should be fairly dim)