Many parents know the struggle of the bedtime with their kids. Even if their children are perfect angels throughout the day, the witching hour rolls around, and it’s impossible to get them to fall asleep without a huge fuss.
Rather than accepting the bedtime drama, it’s important to take the right measures to improve nighttime for everyone’s benefit. Not only will your kids sleep better, but you’ll sleep better too.
When it comes to the best tips for getting your kids to sleep and staying asleep, here are the ones that stand out most.
Even though kids may argue about wanting all the lights on in the room, it’s not going to do them or you any favors as far as getting to sleep. It’s essential to dim the lights as much as possible, leaving only a small amount of light, such as a night light.
To encourage them getting the best sleep possible in the mornings as well, you should consider blackout curtains so that they don’t jolt out of bed at the first sign of the sun. This can be especially helpful for the weekends when exhausted parents want a few extra hours of sleep.
Start a Ritual
Kids respond very well to a repetitive routine every night. A ritual provides nighttime cues so that they know bedtime is approaching.
Although everyone’s bedtime ritual can vary, most experts recommend a variation including a bath and a story. Once you begin your ritual, you must do it every night without fail. That way they know once you start, they’ll soon be asleep.
No More Screen Time
Even though parents are exhausted at the end of a long day and may be tempted to sit their kids in front of a tablet screen or a movie, this can have an adverse effect. Encouraging stimulation close to bedtime will keep them awake for longer.
Make sure to turn off screens at least two hours before sleep. Otherwise, they may not be able to calm down their minds easily.
The most important thing to remember when creating a bedtime structure is that you must stay consistent. Making exceptions or giving into them begging to change the rules will only encourage them to push more and more at bedtime.
Even when kids start crying and begging to stay up later, it’s up to you to give a loving but firm “no” for their own good. After a period of being consistent, they’ll eventually catch onto the idea that bedtime isn’t a flexible rule. Once they lay in their beds, it’s time to fall asleep and stay asleep without a fuss.