And How To Get Them To Sleep!
Sleep is so important for your children. We all need good sleep that we don’t always get. Sometimes we don’t pick up on these undesirable actions as a sleep issue. We usually blame it on our hectic schedule, and leave it at that. Not listening, acting out, not able to focus, feeling cranky, and irritable are all possible signs of your child needing more rest. We as adults can all relate to this. (haha) Here are some tips on what you can do to help recognize when your child doesn’t get enough sleep.
It is easier said than done, let me tell you about one of my trial and error situations. I wasn’t consistent with bedtime. We allowed our children to sleep with us until they were three. So getting them to break that habit was a challenge for us. Sometimes we would let them sleep with us on weekends and then it was a nightmare to get them back to their own beds.
When we finally got them in their own beds, we experimented on different sleep times with our kids. No matter what time they go to sleep they wake up at 6:30A.M. I have tried to have them go to sleep later so they would sleep in but that does NOT work. I started with bedtime at 9 P.M. and I slowly brought their bed time to 7:30 and seen an improvement in their behavior.
Find the right schedule and when they wake up in the morning they will be well rested and you can have a more pleasant morning routine. Finding the right sleep schedule and staying consistent will help.
Tips to get them to relax:
- Have a warm bath right before bed
- Have a night time routine (read a story or sing a song)
- Put on soft music
- Add a night light in the room or in the hall
- Make sure they had enough exercise throughout the day
- Have electronics off at least 30 minutes before bed
When your children get enough sleep their are lots of benefits. They will be able to focus better, helps with their Immune system, and their mood will improve. Try to find a schedule that works for your family. I’m not promising the world but these are some steps for a better lifestyle. It all starts with a good night sleep. Try some of these tips and let me know how it went. Stay consistent and you will see a difference plus it’s nice to have some time for yourself or with hubby. Good luck! Love ya, Mary xoxo
P.s. Hey, I also have helpful tips for staying consistent with your children, check it out >>HERE<<
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