Bedtime Without The Stress: Top Tips For Parents

If you’re a parent, you’ve probably experienced scenarios when your children throw tantrums or kick up a fuss because they don’t want to go to bed. This is very common, and if it only happens once in a blue moon, it’s probably nothing to worry about. If you’re struggling to get your child into bed every night, however, this is a different story. Adults need rest too, and if every evening involves a battle, this is likely to take its toll. If you dread bedtime, here are some top tips that may come in handy.

Relaxing

When you go to bed when you’ve got a lot on your mind, or you’re full of energy, it’s hard to sleep. Your children are the same. Before bed, do something relaxing, which will calm them down and prepare them for sleep. Turn tablets and games consoles off and spend some quality time together. Read books, listen to some music, or simply have a chat and some cuddles. This will help you, as well as your kids, as it enables you to wind down.

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Getting into a routine

Many children respond well to routine, so try and get your kids used to a bedtime regime as soon as possible. Keep everything the same, so that they understand that bedtime is approaching. It’s up to you what you choose to do every night, but many parents find that bathing their children, getting them into their pajamas, cleaning their teeth and then having a story in bed works well. When you start running the bath, and you tell your kids that it’s five minutes until bath time, this triggers the start of the bedtime routine, and they’ll know that soon they’ll be going to sleep. Make sure you supervise your children when they’re cleaning their teeth, as kids tend to whizz a brush around and hope for the best. If you need tips, don’t hesitate to contact your dentist. Once you’ve had a story, tuck your children into bed, make sure they’re comfy, and then dim the lights. Give them a kiss goodnight, and then leave the room. If you have older children, make sure they don’t have phones, tablets or televisions, as this can distract them and keep them awake long after their bedtime.

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Dealing with darkness

Darkness, or a lack of darkness, can cause problems for children. Some kids can’t sleep when it’s light outside in the summer, while others have a phobia of the dark. If the changing light patterns are confusing your child and they want to stay up because it’s light, invest in some blackout blinds or lined curtains so that the room is pitch black. If your child is scared of the dark, leave a night light or keep the door ajar and put the landing light on for them.

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If bedtime stresses you out, hopefully, this guide will come in handy. Every child is different, and you may come up against a million excuses when you try and encourage your children to get ready for bed. Get into a routine, take time to calm down and relax before bed, and take steps to get your child’s sleeping environment just right.

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