Helping your child to sleep can seem like an impossible task. You put them to bed, only to find that half an hour later, they’re wandering downstairs wide awake. Not only is this bad for your child’s sleeping pattern, but it also eats into your time of an evening, which every parent needs to unwind. But how can you help your little one to sleep, and is there any way to actually do so that works well?
We’ve noted down 5 ideas here, that have worked out for other parents. It’s worth a try, huh?
#1: Make a routine
One of the most important things to do is to set a routine for your kids, so that they have a similar bedtime – and waking up time – every day. Whilst this can seem like it doesn’t really matter, it will work wonders for your kids sleeping patterns, and it could even mean that they have healthier sleep when they get older. Choose a reasonable time, and try to stick to it every night.
#2: Say no to screens
Another thing that can affect your child’s sleep is screens, so make sure that you limit screen time before they go to bed. Instead of putting the television on for your children, why not read to them? This could help them to sleep better, and it will allow them to relax properly in the process. Try not to allow them to use phones or games consoles an hour or two before bedtime, as this will help.
#3: Think about bedroom temperature
Your child’s issues with sleep may derive from the fact that their bedroom simply isn’t a suitable temperature for them. Children all have different preferences, but in general, a good temperature for a child’s bedroom is between 68 and 72 degrees (a little below and above this is fine, too). Visit an air conditioning showroom, and make sure that your house is kitted out for a good night’s sleep.
#4: Create some calm before bed
If your child is super hyperactive before bed, it’s going to be hard for them to relax and go to sleep. Try to create a calm environment an hour or so before bedtime; dim the lights, make sure that you’re all relaxing as a family, and certainly be mindful of what your kids are eating that could affect their sleep. Sugary foods and soda are (obviously) a bad idea, so you may want to eliminate these things, too.
#5: Work out what is interrupting sleep
Sometimes, the issues that your children are having with sleep are clear. Perhaps they’re scared of something, and they can’t sleep because this is playing on their minds? Make sure that you address this – perhaps by turning on a night light, or telling them that monsters can’t get into the house – and you should find that they fall asleep quickly without these worries hanging over them.
So, if you want to help your little one to sleep, then keep these 5 things in mind! Be sure to persist, and everybody in the family will be enjoying catching those zzzs.