One of the biggest challenges any parent faces is bedtime. Just when you get them settled, something happens and they are back up again or they just fight you on it regardless of how tired they are. Here are a few tips to help the process become a little easier!
1. Even though little ones can’t tell time, their bodies can. Going to bed at the same time every night helps them physically and mentally get into a sleep routine. Although it can be tempting to change the schedule on weekends and during the summer, try to keep bedtime consistent.
2. Don’t use TV to help kids relax before bed. Even calm content can interfere with sleep. Facing a light source close to bedtime can trick the body into thinking that it’s still daytime.
3. Having a bedtime routine with three or four activities helps a child wind down and get ready to sleep.
4. It is recommended that kids have a bedtime between 7:30 and 8:30 through elementary school to make sure they are well rested since the more tired they become, the harder it is for them to fall asleep.
5. For preschoolers, it may be helpful to make a bedtime chart so they can see all the steps they’re going to take before going to bed. Draw a picture of a bath, pajamas, and the exact number of books you read each night, “that way, if you read two books and your child asks for three, you can point to the chart and show him that there are just two books on the chart,”
6. Make sure your child gets enough activity during the day so that she’s not full of energy at night. In addition to making kids’ bodies and minds healthier, exercise helps kids sleep better.