Sleep is an essential part of your child’s health and well-being. Unfortunately, a lot of kids don’t love bedtime quite as much as their parents do. But getting your child to be well-rested doesn’t have to be a challenge! We’ve rounded up some of the best tips and tricks for helping your child to get a good night’s sleep, so you can both start off the day bright-eyed and ready for anything!
Set A Bedtime (& Stick To It)
Kids love a routine they can rely on, especially when it comes to bedtime. Pick a time for your child to head off to sleep, remembering that on average they need nine to 11 hours of rest on average. Changing it around can prove confusing for children (and often lead to them fighting to stay up just a little longer). Sticking to the same routine will make bedtime easier for everyone involved.
Shut It Down
Once it’s time for bed, all electronics and other devices should be put away. They can distract your child, and in some cases get them so wound up that sleeping becomes impossible. Instead of surfing the web, read with them, or tell them a story while they snuggle up. Bedtime is a great excuse to really bond with your child, and ensure they’ll have sweet dreams.
Make Sleep-time Peaceful
Ensure that your child’s room is the ideal spot for a serious snooze session. The room should be kept quiet (unless your child prefers ambient noise to help soothe them), and dark enough to promote sleep. If your child dislikes the dark, you can set up a small night light to keep away anything scary. Make sure their favorite stuffed animals or comfort objects are handy, so they can cuddle up in comfort for a great rest.
If your child has trouble sleeping, a bedtime snack could be the solution to their issues. Children who are hungry rarely sleep well, so a small meal before bed often helps them get the rest they require. Make sure it’s at least half an hour before bedtime so they can start to digest before they hit the sheets, and opt for healthy choices that are nourishing. Graham crackers, warm milk in a sippy cup, or fruit and peanut butter are all great snacks that will leave them ready for a well-earned rest.
Editor’s Note: Lauren Saccone is a freelance content provider & writer for Daphyl’s LLC. Daphyl’s is a USA based multi-national world leader in safe, innovative, Licensed Rock N Roll, branded baby gear. The opinions, advice and assertions made in this article are for entertainment and information purposes only & are solely those of the author.