Children are a mystery and a joy to have around. They will make you laugh and also cause you to pull your hair out. But, as a parent it is your job to help them develop healthy habits that will last for a lifetime. Today, we will talk about how to set boundaries for healthy sleep habits.
Children often need more sleep than adults. Their little bodies are growing at an alarming rate each and every day. When the body is at rest, it has a chance to shut down certain systems and get to work on the body. Repairs to tissues are done while the body sleeps.
So, we agree that a child needs sleep. The only person who is not agreeing is your child. They want to play and eat and do everything but sleep. You already know this if you’ve ever tried to put them down to bed before they were ready. No sooner than you’d turned off the light, that little toddler was making his way down the hall with bear in hand to your room.
What is a parent to do?
There are many theories and remedies around, but here we want to give you some tips that will help you to help them to decide that it is time for bed.
* Set a bedtime and stick to it. This will require the help of both parents. If one is out or working late, then the other parent is needed to take over the reins. For example, at eight o’clock each night, march the children to bed. They may try to get you to allow them to stay up longer but remember that consistency is the key here.
* Create a bedtime ritual. Children like to ply their parents with requests for stories, glasses of water and the tucking of the covers. Well, you can give them all of that. Just start about half an hour earlier. If they want a bedtime story or a video, then they have to sit in their bed at 7:30. You don’t have to tell them that it is earlier than their bedtime. In addition, including a nightly bath as part of the ritual before the story will relax them.
* Offer a snack. A child won’t go to bed if their stomach is rumbling. Dinner may have been at five o’clock but it is okay for them to have a snack at seven if they will be in bed in an hour.
* Keep them busy. A playing child is also a sleepy child as the night wears on. Daily exercise can lead to better compliance and a more restful sleep at night.
* Warm the bedroom. A child will usually feel more comfortable if the room is warmer.
Is your child having trouble with going to bed at night? The tips above may be able to help you with that.
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