The many joys and fears of parenthood can seem overwhelming at times. Things that may come naturally for us are unimaginably complex when you are dealing with a tiny human being. The same can go for sleeping. At times it can seem as if the child is simultaneously never sleeping yet sleeping all of the time. Exacerbated parents that have been missing out on sleep for weeks at a time always have and it up asking themselves the same questions.
How can they help their children sleep better and last through the night? Luckily there are a few ways that you can help your children enhance their ability to sleep, but you need to remember that the way that they process sleep is a little bit differently than the way that an adult would process sleep. Before we look at the best ways for you to help your children sleep better, let’s take a look at a little bit about the nature of sleep in children.
Making sure that your children get enough sleep at the end of the night is good for your health and there. When your children are sleeping well, that means that you have the peace, you need to sleep properly too. Creating good sleep habits is essential and must begin as early as possible. Whenever you start off, it may be difficult, but it will get better over time, so do not give up as the more consistent you are, the more effective these tips will be.
1. Create a Regular Routine
Whether they want to admit it or not, all creatures are based around habits. This is even more so evident whenever you are observing children. A good routine at the end of the day every day will help to prime them for bedtime. Make sure that you are consistent with the method each day if you want the best results. By the end of the month, you should begin to see noticeable improvements if you have been consistently holding them accountable for their new bedtime schedule.
2. Lay Down and Wake At The Same Time Daily
on the same line of thought as the consistent routine, make sure that all of the habits you are performing during the beginning and end of the day are performed at the same time each day. This will help to further cement the schedule into your children’s developing circadian circuits of the brain. Thus making them primed and ready to enter sleep whenever they hit the bed at the end of the day.
3. Do Not Let Naptime Last Too Long
Although it can be tempting if your children have been keeping you up at night to let them nap for extended periods of time, this can be counterproductive. If they are allowed to spend too much time during the day sleeping, then by the end of the day, they will not be tired enough to want to sleep. Ultimately by limiting their total nap times to only 20 or 30 minutes, you will be doing yourself a favor in the long run.
4. Ensure Your Toddler Feels Secure
if your child is still very young and they are sleeping in a bed rather than a crib, there is a good chance they may not fill safely at night. For incredible young children, because they are so small and the world is so new things can be incredibly frightening, that is mundane for us. Whenever they are inside of a crib, they have bars that surround them, giving them an enclosed space that can help to lend them a sense of security whenever you are not immediately present.
5. Use a Nightlight
one of the most common fears for a child to have is the fear of nighttime. If you have a child who is displaying signs that they are fearful in the dark and they have been having difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep at night time, one of the quickest ways to alleviate the stress that is keeping them awake is by buying a nightlight. These are low-cost devices that use a small amount of electricity to give just enough light that children who are afraid whenever the lights are out can feel significantly more comfortable. Often times, this is enough to make the difference.
6. Schedule Toddler Relaxation
similar to cooling down at the end of a workout, it is almost impossible for a human to go from being off and active two asleep. Make space for some quiet time at the end of the day before everyone lays down in bed to wind down. This can help ease the transition from wakefulness to sleep.