The expectation most mommies have about bedtime is this: its very thought elicits excitement as harried moms can now finally rest after a long day of juggling work and parenting.
But the reality is: your kids are jumping crazily on the bed while you are begging them to stop and go to sleep. This scenario during bedtime is a common battle among parents and children. Fortunately, you can be tough and gentle at the same time, while making the process of bedtime easy for your kids.
A bedtime routine is crucial in tucking your children to sleep without them having to whine and put up a fight. Putting them to bed at the same time every night will make them understand their internal clocks better. Although holidays and weekends are tempting times to let them stay up late, it’s better to be consistent with their bedtime.
Monitor nap times
Toddlers usually nap for 1 to 3 hours a day. Avoid extending their nap times to prevent them from sleeping later in the night. Naps that are too close to bedtime make it hard for them to fall asleep because they are still filled with energy and enthusiasm to do certain activities such as playing and watching TV.
Turn off electronic devices
Electronics stimulate kids’ minds to still be active. Playing video games and movies must be avoided before bedtime. These activities have the tendency to wake up their brain instead of calm it down before bedtime. Plus, violent games, movies, and shows create fear. Also, the lights from the screen interrupt their internal clock as their body interprets this as daytime instead of night.
You may not realize it but many food items contain caffeine such as chocolates, peanuts, and soda. Anything that has caffeine in it is an upper and thus stimulates one to be awake and active. Giving these snacks to your kids aren’t ideal especially before bedtime.
Engage in a daily exercise
Encourage your children to do physical activities such as biking within the neighborhood or taking a walk in your local park. Do this family activity every day to promote better sleep. Aside from making their bedtime easier, regular exercise keeps kids healthy and fit.
Make your child’s bedroom ideal for sleep
The design of your child’s bedroom affects his or her mood and ability to sleep early. To prevent bedtime battles, dim your child’s room by using thick and dark-colored curtains especially during summer. Use soft light in your kid’s room during the night. Also, ensure that the room temperature is set to cool because overheated rooms can lead to restlessness.