Sometimes it can be difficult getting your kids to bed-and getting them to stay there! We all know that when kids don’t get enough sleep it is harder for them to control their emotions and they can be irritable. This situation is not easy for the family and causes many difficulties in daily life! Therefore, it’s important to find ways to make your child’s bedtime easier.
A regular bedtime schedule can help child’s ability to fall asleep easily! The establishment and maintenance of good sleep habits can help the child fall asleep and awake refreshed!
The truth is that there are no specific rules about bedtime. Every child is absolutely different and has its own needs! The most important is to schedule a routine that works for all the family and stick there! Below you will find some recommendations about how to start building this routine and make your child’s bedtime easier
1. Make sleep a priority for all family
Fix a regular go-to-bed- and a wake-up times for all family! Be sure to follow these times even during weekends. There are three ways to understand whether your child gets enough sleep: a) They fall asleep within 15 to 30 min of going to bed, b)wake up easy on the wake-up time c) they don’t fall asleep during the day
2. Take measures for the sleep difficulties
Some signs of sleep difficulties are wake up during the night, snoring, trouble breathing during the night. Some of these difficulties can be seen during the day as well. Causes of sleep difficulties may be as simple as large tonsils and adenoids, which can be determined during a routine examination.
3. Bedtime Snacks
A small snack before bedtime can help children bodies be fueled through the night. Some healthy options are milk with whole-grain biscuits or a piece of fruit. Large snacks too close to bedtime is not a good idea especially for older kids because a full stomach can function as an obstacle to fall asleep.
4. Create a Bedtime Routine
A bedtime routine helps your children learn to be sleepy. How can reading helps some adults fall asleep? The same way you can create a routine for your children in order to link it with the bedtime! In addition the routines of bedtime must be linked with positive feelings, the sense of security and control! This routine helps children to de-stress and relax! Some ideas are reading or listen to a fairy tale, be told a story, hear a lullaby!
Find bellow one of our favorite lullabies (Twinkle Twinkle Little Star) and fairy tales (Little Red Riding Hood)that can help you in creating this bedtime routine and make your child’s bedtime easier: