Sleep is important for all of us, but even more so when it comes to children. And as parents, we want to do the very best for our kids which means making sure they get a good night sleep. So when issues start regarding bedtime it can be frustrating and upsetting. After a long day, the last thing you want to be doing is battling a tired child. When they’re refusing to sleep and keep getting up during the night, it can make you worry if they’re getting the sleep they need. There are some ways you can make bedtime that bit easier, here are a few things you can try.
Get Into a Good Routine
It might not seem like it, but children thrive on routine. It gives them a sense of security, and can also help them to develop self-discipline. A bedtime routine especially is so important, and getting into one can eventually help to alleviate bedtime tantrums in some cases. Having a light snack, getting a bath and getting changed for bed at the same time each day can help your child recognize that it’s bedtime and time to start winding down. It can be useful to give a warning a few minutes beforehand as if they’re very involved in their play or whatever they’re doing an abrupt halt may cause tantrums. While this might be a struggle at first (and may appear that your child’s behavior is getting worse before it gets better) eventually they will come to accept the routine.
Make Your Child’s Room Cozy
A room that’s cozy and inviting will be much nicer to go to bed each evening. You could redecorate, getting your child to give their input into colors and some of the design, so they feel connected with it. Sometimes children can be scared by certain toys or even pictures on the walls. That clown or doll might not look menacing to you, but in low light with an active imagination kids can get scared. If worry and fear is an issue at night, ask your child what’s bothering them, so you’re able to put that right. It might be a case of making sure cupboards, and wardrobe doors are shut tight, or leaving a nightlight on for them.
Consider Room Sharing With a Sibling
Another way you can deal with fear in children at night is by creating a shared bedroom if they have a sibling that’s similar in age. Having someone in the room can reassure them, and prevent them from getting up in the night or climbing in with you. You can get bunk beds from Cuckooland and other similar sites online which makes it easy to transform one room into a shared space.
Make It Fun
Making it enjoyable is a great incentive for kids to go to bed. While it’s not going to be fun and games at bedtime, reading them a story and spending some quality time with them is one way that kids are more likely to accept their bedtime. If you’re rushing around some nights and are too busy to read, another option would be to play an audiobook. There are lots of sites and apps you can find children’s audio books these days, and you can play them on your phone or tablet.