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.
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.
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!
Useful tips to know, lots would love to have these tricks.. trust me
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.
Having a routine, and being consistent has always worked here!
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
Long or late naps make for a big struggle at bedtime!
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.
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.
I have found that routine and quiet time before bed seem to work.