Tips for getting your child to sleep on Christmas Eve

Tips for getting your child to sleep on Christmas Eve

There’s no doubt about it, Christmas Eve is one of the most exciting times of the year for your little ones, but just how can you get your child to sleep on Christmas Eve?

There’s a little part in all of us that get excited on Christmas Eve but it’s important to remember that Santa Claus only visits children who are fast asleep. Getting your child to sleep on Christmas Eve is important as you don’t want to be exhausted on Christmas Day. But how do you overcome the anticipation and settle your children into a blissful sleep on the most exciting evening of the year?

Get active

It may be tempting to curl up in front of the TV but going outside and getting active will help tire your kids out in time for bed. A simple bike ride, a trip to the playground or even just a walk in the park will all help to expel their energy and excitement.

Stick to the routine

As tempting as it may be to let them stay up a little later sticking to the normal bedtime routine will help. Following the normal schedule will ensure they know when bedtime is coming and will keep any arguments at bay.

Track Santa Claus

Technology is a wonderful thing and these days your children don’t have to look out at the night sky and wonder where St. Nick is, they can now track him. There a few tracking sites available, Google map offers one here. It also allows you to see the Santa village in the month of December. The North American Aerospace Defence Command also has it’s own Santa tracking page which launches December 1st here.

You can use these websites to help track Santa Claus with your children and as an incentive for bedtime, because of course, Santa can’t visit until you are fast asleep!

Read them a bedtime story

Clement Clarke Moore’s ‘The Night Before Christmas’ makes for perfect bedtime reading. Inspire their imagination with this festive tale. This could also become a Christmas Eve bedtime tradition. When your children know their bedtime routine they are less likely to try and push the boundaries.

This is the perfect story to help your children fall asleep on Christmas Eve.

 

 

 

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Before you travel, it is important to make sure that you have a well-established nap and bedtime routine. This will make it easier when you are travelling so that your baby or toddler will know what to expect, even though they are not at home.

Even if your baby is the best sleeper in the world, it may be a whole different story when you are not in the comfort of your own home. When you’re in a strange environment things might be very different. It’s normal for babies and toddlers to test boundaries around sleep when they’re somewhere new.

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  1. Always Leave Plenty of Time
  2. Try to schedule flights to fit around your baby’s sleep schedule
  3. Recreate your bedroom routine on the flight, even if that means changing them into their PJ’s and reading them a bedtime story!
  4. Remember to pack snacks, treats and any added extras in case your face delays
  5. Remember to pack enough Nappies, nappy wipes, hand sanitizer and nappy bags. A good tip is to have a changing kit at the ready in the seat pocket in front of you so you can quickly nab it and go

 

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Tips on getting your child to sleep

1) The Bedroom

Pay attention to your child’s bedroom. A cool dark quiet room is ideal. Remove most toys, games, televisions, computers, and radios if your child is having trouble falling asleep or is frequently up at night. Climb into your child’s bed to see how their bedroom feels from their viewpoint.

2) The Bed, Bedding and Pillows

Providing your child with good bedding and comfortable bedclothes is vitally important to ensure their growing bodies get the support that they need for a comfy night’s sleep.

3) The Bedtime Routine

A bedtime routine is a powerful “cue” that it is time to sleep. It needs to be simple. A complicated routine that requires a parent to be present makes it hard for a child to go back to sleep. Try writing out the bedtime routine to make it consistent. Share these “scripts” with other caregivers like baby-sitters, grandparents and dads.

4) Exercise

An hour of moderate exercise daily will help your child sleep better. You can break the hour up into 4 chunks of 15 minute slots.

5) Sleepy foods

Food that will help induce sleep include poultry, oats, bananas, honey and green leafy vegetables. Include some of these in the evening meal followed by a glass of warm milk.

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