Pickle says…. You all know that us children and bedtime don’t always mix…even when we are desperately tired we can still struggle to finally settle down and give you some peace!
Getting enough sleep is vital to our growth and development, not to mention your sanity! Studies have shown that sleep-deprived children can get injured more often, can get ill more easily, our schoolwork can also suffer as do our moods. (Mummy can vouch for that one!)
So what can you do to help our bed time run a little smoother?
Well, here are a few tips that will hopefully help your little one drift off into the land of nod without too much resistance!
It’s not just you grown ups that enjoy a long hot bath after a busy day! Us children can also benefit from having a soak in a warm tub. It helps to keep bath time short and not drawn out.
Keep our toys and excitement to a minimum; let us know that now we’re relaxing and winding down ready for bedtime. It maybe time to update your bathroom accessories too – whether it’s a new grip rail for your child or a thermostat that prevents the water from getting too hot for us, updating your bathroom could be a big help. You can find some bathroom ideas here.
Establish a Night time Routine
Create a routine that’s enjoyable and that we will associate with bedtime. It should be a manageable length of time, about 20 to 30 minutes a night, and include what you and your child enjoy (bath, story, cuddling, lights out, etc). Relaxing books offer a wonderful way to set the mood and to help your child enjoy reading. You can find a fantastic collection of books for bedtime here.
Watch Food & Drink Consumption
Large meals can make it difficult for me to sleep, so Mummy gives me plenty of time between dinner and bedtime. Try and serve dinner earlier rather than later. Mummy makes sure I stay away from sweets before bedtime and I only have water or milk to drink.
Peace & Quiet
Avoid stimulating activities after dinner. This isn’t the time for me to be playing loudly, playing noisy games or watching boisterous TV shows. It’s a time to relax, sing songs, listen to music, or talk about our day.
Give Advance Notice
Mummy lets me know that bedtime is approaching, whether it’s an hour or five minutes away. This helps to put me in the right mindset and lets me finish what I am doing first.
Make their Room a Place They Enjoy
Your child’s room should be a place of comfort, joy, and relaxation — a place that he wants to spend time. The temperature should be comfortable, and clothes and blankets not too tight or heavy. Mummy makes sure my favourite sheetys (comforters) and teddy are with me.
No Television or Computers at Bedtime
Studies have shown that children who have televisions and computers in their rooms have a tendency to get less sleep than those who do not. The best solution is to remove these from bedrooms, but if that’s not possible, set a strict turn-off time!
We hope these bedtime routine tricks help you if you tend to have a struggle, do you have any to add?