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Tricks to Get Your Child to Sleep Faster and Better


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Tricks to Get Your Child to Sleep Faster and Better

Bedtime, that precious part of the day that parents live for. While we enjoy our little people and their busy lives we also need a few moments of peace before we got to bed at night too. So what can you do when your child fights sleep and makes bedtime into a dreaded event? Try some of these tricks to help get the kiddo to sleep faster and make sure he sleeps through the night.

Wake Them Up!

Letting kids sleep in or take long naps is a sure way to make bedtime a challenge. Have a consistent wake-up time and bedtime schedule. It will become routine for your child to know that they have to get up and go to bed at a certain time.

Nighttime Routine

Try having your kids turn off all electronics 2 hours before bedtime, shower or bath and then read until bedtime helps kids develop a routine that helps them prepare for sleeping.


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Children Books for Bedtime ~ Photo taken by Kamerine Gardam


Focus on Relaxation

You may find that stating that it is time to go to bed or time to sleep brings on a tantrum of epic proportions. Once you’ve established a night time routine your child will know that reading or simply relaxing in bed is the next step in their routine, rather than insisting that they go to sleep try offering them the option of simply reading or practicing counting sheep until they fall asleep on their own. The only rule is they are in bed, and they will stay there with the lights dimmed and no electronics.

Avoid the arguing and fighting, come up with relaxing activities and all w the child to wind down before declaring it is time to sleep. This will lead to less stress around bedtime and everyone will sleep better!



Lyne Proulx
Lyne Proulxhttps://ottawamommyclub.ca/
Lyne Proulx is a Certified WEBB Bodywork Pet Practitioner, Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. She loves all things Disney and is an avid teaholic and chocoholic. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. I am struggling a lot these days with trying to get my kids to get to bed earlier. I am going to try out some of the tips that you have laid out.

  2. Routine routine routine!! when my girls were younger they stuck to the same routine through out the summer months as well, and there was no struggles for when it was time for back to school

  3. I love to make up my own stories and tell them in the dark. Sometimes I start the story with a nice breathing exercise – and now my son will request a breathing exercise if he is stressed or wants to “get out of his head.” The stories are of family fun adventures.

  4. I found having a routine for bedtime a good thing. These are great tips and will definitely help. We use to let the kids read before bed, it was a good calming activity and helped them relax.


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