Do you dread getting your kids to bed each evening? Don’t worry – you’re not alone!
Sleep related problems such as bad behaviour, poor concentration and frequent waking are all issues that most parents face. The good news is that there are ways that you can deal with it and once your kids new routine is in place, you will notice a significant improvement in the amount of time it takes to get them to settle at night.
So, in order to ensure bedtime is less of a battle, try Katherine Elizabeth’s top do’s and dont’s…
Do set time aside to wind down
Many children struggle to settle because they still have lots of pent up energy. Before you send them off to bed, spend time reading, playing educational games, or colouring in to allow them naturally begin to calm down. Once they have burned off that last bit of energy they are much more likely to fall asleep.
Don’t allow technology at bedtime
Tablet’s TV’s and games consoles can all be incredibly disruptive to your child’s bedtime routine. Gadgets emit a blue light which restricts the production of melatonin, the hormone that controls their sleep rhythm. Technology can also keep their minds active at a time when they should be calming down.
Do set a consistent routine
Try to keep your child’s bedtime routine consistent from night to night. If your child knows what to expect, they can begin to associate certain times and activities with falling asleep.
Don’t allow caffeine or sugar
Caffeinated drinks and sugary foods are a big no-no before bedtime. The spike in their energy levels will make it much harder for them to settle down and fall asleep so try and keep fizzy drinks and sweets out of dinner time.
Do create the right atmosphere for sleeping
Creating a calm and cosy atmosphere will help your child relax and settle for bed. Choose whatever activity they enjoy best, whether it’s having a soothing, warm bath or reading their favourite book in a quiet room.
Don’t expect immediate results
Creating a new bedtime routine takes time and consistency. Be prepared to put in the work, and remain calm and patient with your child. If things don’t work out the
first night, keep at it and don’t give up. Your child will soon get used to the new routine.
If you find that you have tried everything and are still struggling, Katherine Elizabeth is on hand to help. With years of experience in personalised parenting solutions, she can work with you to tailor a solution that works for both you and your child.
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