Getting your little one to drift off can sometimes be a daunting task. Here at SlumberSlumber, we’ve put together a few tips on getting your child to sleep.
1) The Bedroom
Pay attention to your child’s bedroom. A cool, dark, and 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. There could be something that may scare them in the middle of the night if they wake up – like a coat hanging on the edge of a door that looks like a person.
2) The Bed, Bedding, and Pillows
Providing your child with good bedding and comfortable bed clothes is 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 to sleep. Try writing out the bedtime routine to make it consistent. Share these “scripts” with other care-givers, like baby-sitters and grandparents. The bedtime routine could be something as easy as a bath, change into pyjamas, maybe a bedtime snack, a bedtime story, and then lights off.
An hour of moderate exercise daily will help your child sleep better. You can also break the hour up into four chunks of 15-minute slots.
5) Sleepy Foods
You could introduce sleep-inducing foods into your child’s diet. Food that will help induce sleep include poultry, oats, bananas, honey, and green leafy vegetables. Include some of these into the evening meal, followed by a glass of warm milk.