When your little one doesn’t tend to sleep too well, it can cause chaos for the whole family. Not only are you going to be getting up all throughout the evening, and maybe the right too, but it can disturb your other children too. As just like you want to nurture your children, keep them safe, and help them to grow, you want them to be able to nail sleeping too. When you’re at the point where you want them to be able to go to bed and fall straight to sleep, you may be in need of some nighttime tips. So these should get you off to a good start.
Turn Off The TV
You may not find yourself watching TV with your children too close to bedtime, but it you do, this is the first thing you need to change. Watching TV before bed can keep their minds active, then they won’t be ready to relax. So, you need to work on ways to help them to wind down, rather than get worked up. Children need to stay away from stress before bedtime if they’re ever going to get sleepy and stay down for the evening. Turning off the TV two hours before bed can help with that.
Stick To A Set Bedtime
We all hear a lot about ‘bedtimes’, but they’re talked about for a reason. Small children need routine. It’s difficult for them to be able to stay on track if they’re constantly have to adapt to new ways of doing things. So, if you want to give them a better chance at getting sleepy before bed, you need to set them a bedtime and stick to it every night of the week. No buts!
Work With A Routine
The next big thing you should have heard about is the bedtime routine, and this can really be the crucial part of getting them to sleep better. By having bedtime rituals, they will understand that it’s time to sleep. They may even start to feel sleepy once the process has begun too. Although you may want to pick out your own routine that suits your family best, bathing them, choosing books, reading, and cuddling often works quite well.
Create A Sleep Environment
However, for that to work, you’re going to want to make sure that you create the right kind of sleep environment for them too. Like we discussed earlier, it’s important for them not to be too worked up before bed, but to wind down instead. For this, you may want comfortable sheets, darkness, maybe even a constellation projector to sooth them and signify night, and ensure the room is quite too. Then they should be able to sleep into a slumber nicely.
Above all else, you also have to be able to reassure them. Children can get scared at nighttime, so you need to be able to gentle, soft, and reassuring during the entire process, letting them know that you’re not far away and helping them to reduce any fears that they have started to associate with bedtime.