Best Way To Get Kids To Sleep On Time
Don’t you ever wish you could turn back the hands of time and get back all those potential nap-times you disliked growing up? As adults, we seek and appreciate a good nights rest but the little ones refusing to rest is more common than you think. Kids who are used to to playing all day can usually avoid going to bed. After all, nothing fun occurs while you sleep. Now backed by a child’s pursuit of exert independence, you certainly have an every night battle to deal with.
Although there are battles over time for bed, it’s important to enable good sleeping habits early on. Problems over lack of good sleep not only disrupt your children’s night but they also affect their days as well; by being sleep deprived they become less attentive, unable to focus and become easily distracted. The lack of sleep has also been reported to make children hyperactive and reckless.
In order to give your children the best start in life, below are sleep tips to help make bedtime an easy task:
How To Get Kids To Sleep
Creating consistent bedtime routines is important no matter how old your child is. It’s also important to know that sleep is imperative to the development of toddlers brain development at an early stage of life. Wondering what you can do to assist your littles that fight their sleep? Fortunately, there are some effective bedtime tips and approaches to help your little ones get the rest she/he needs.
- Routine is Key
Kids prosper having a daily routine and consistency both daytime and night time. A solid bedtime routine can take up to 20 minutes and consists of one (1) or three (3) calming procedures performed at the same time and the same way every night before bed. You will begin to notice that the brain will automatically begin winding down for bedtime when you consistently perform bedtime and routines and have become established in your Childs nightly habit.
2. Create Limitations
Typically, once the bedtime routine is established and it’s that time to let your little one(s) sleep; it’s not unusual to hear requests and/or demands like: “One more story,” “more cuddle time,” or “Can I have another glass of water/milk?” You must understand that the majority of requests at bedtime are delay tactics and your littles will soon figure out how to act in order to stretch out their day. Your toddler(s) will test their approach on different people and once they’ve figured out your weak point, they utilize it to the best of their abilities.
If you are beginning to potty train, your toddler will abruptly develop the necessity to use the bathroom once you shut the lights off and/or close the door although they may have gone moments ago. If you have a finicky eater your child may surprise you with an uncommon request for veggies or something they typically refuse to eat during dinner time in order to stretch out their evening to avoid bedtime.
As the bedtime routine is over and the hindering begins, parents should be stern and not give into their delay tactics or else he/she will catch on to what works and begin to milk it (no pun intended) and use it more frequently. Also, know that tantrums are not unfamiliar when your children realize their delay tactics are not moving the needle, and whatever you do, do not give into the tantrums if not you can guarantee they will become nightly tantrums. The key is to stick with the plan. Complete the routine, respectfully decline any requests and then turn off the lights and leave the room.
3. Be Consistent
Once you’ve made it past the requests, looked past the tantrums and are now able to leave the room, the battle is only partially complete. The next portion of the process begins when your little(s) starts following you out the for to start the next level of demands and/or tantrums. To modify this behavior your reaction to your child stepping out of the room has to be dealt with persistence and consistency. Every time your little(s) tries to leave their room make sure to take them back to bed immediately and be persistent with with what you tell them every time you lay them back down to bed. What you should be telling her/him is something like “Daddy/Mommy loves you, sweet dreams, see you in the morning.” What you want to do is avoid too much emotion/stimulation and just return your child back to bed and repeat the process.
As you may already know; children are absolutely tenacious so this process may take a few or a whole bunch of times when you begin the implement good bedtime habits. Just like many other parenting processes this may seem repetitive, simply remember that consistency wins the race. If/when you become frustrated your little(s) will know his/her tactics are getting results so remain balanced. By being consistent this process should last no more than a few days.
Who doesn’t like a good praise or two (2), certainly your little ones do. Implement a positive reward with something small, like non-tangible rewards such as an extra privilege or doing something fun they like to do. You can also use a sticker chart and when they accumulate a certain number of stickers he/she can get a bowl of their favorite cereal, or a small candy.
When the day is filled with work and play, at times it may be challenging to squeeze in a good nights rest. Even it may not be at the top of your list, a good nights rest give you and your children the energy needed to handle another day.
Most children respond well to routine and rewarding good behavior which will allow for a good nights sleep. But if you’ve tried all of the above and you worry that your child may have an underlying medical psychiatric disorder such as anxiety, make sure to speak with your pediatrician. This information above is solely based on general medical findings and does not count as medical advice.