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7 Tips to get the little ones to sleep at night or anytime.
Getting your kids to go to sleep can be an unpleasant chore for parents. Following these seven tips will make it easy as well as pleasant.
– Have a set bedtime and put them to bed every night at that time. Kids form habits, good and bad. Start them on a schedule and very soon their bodies will tell them it’s time to sleep.
– Have a routine in place that only relates to bedtime such as brushing teeth, a bath, Storytime, prayers and a back rub. Your kids will associate these activities with slumber and train them for sleep.
Fan in the bedroom
– Placing a fan on a low setting in the room will lull them to sleep with white noise. It will also block out household noises that may wake them. Don’t allow the fan to blow on their bodies.
– Kids sleep better in a room that is kept on the cooler side. Their little bodies run warmer than an adult’s body, so this causes them to heat up more while they sleep. Some studies have indicated that this may be a contributing factor leading to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Put pajamas on them and a heavier weighted blanket that won’t get kicked off so quickly in the night but breathing the cooler air keeps the kids sleeping longer. Keep extra blankets, pillows or stuffed animals out of the child’s bed.
– For my own kids, I called this nighttime concoction “Special Milk”. It consists of a mug of warmed milk with a sprinkle of cinnamon, a pinch of nutmeg and a tiny bit of honey or sugar to make it taste special. Heated milk contains a substance that triggers sleepiness, and the Cinnamon has natural calming properties. It works so well that my own, full grown boys still drink it if they can’t sleep and they use it for their own children.
– Turn the lights out or at least very dim when its sleep time. The physiology of the human brain is such that it knows to shift into rest mode when it is dark. If the bedroom is kept darker, they will sleep longer in the morning as well.
– Sometimes kids just need a little extra attention if they aren’t feeling well, had a rough day, or spent a long time away from you and are feeling a little insecure. A back rub as they fall asleep reassures them that all is well with the world. During the backrub be sure lights are low or off and no talking. You want the brain to quiet down so it must be quiet in the room.
Maintain an atmosphere of relaxation
If you follow these steps and keep a positive, calm home atmosphere, especially at bedtime, they will settle to sleep much easier. Fighting with them or yelling at them just causes stress that will ruin the evening for everyone.
Your children will enjoy this time spent with you so much so that bedtime will become a treasured part of their day and yours.