Magical Monday

5 Tips to FINALLY make Bedtime EASY!

Happy Magical Monday! 

*YAAAWWWWN*

Anyone feeling like Sleeping Beauty today, wanting 100 years of sleep?

When it comes to children and sleep, one of the most frequent concerns is how to get them to bed on time every night. The struggle to put your little Prince/Princess to sleep can cause a strain on both you and your child causing poor sleep and health for everybody in the household.

 

If you are wondering how much sleep your child needs, take a look at this chart:

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So how do you get your kids to go to sleep at night? And more importantly how do you get them to go to sleep at night regularly? Well, bippiti boppiti boo, here are 5 tips for YOU! 

  1. Make bedtime a routine. Creating a bedtime routine for children can take the stress out of bedtime for everyone! Kids crave and thrive on structure, as it gives them a sense of safety and security. Getting your child into a nightly bedtime routine helps them develop sleep associations that helps prepare them for bedtime.

    It’s a good idea to begin the bedtime ritual with a wind down period that begins 15-30 minutes before their actual bedtime routine begins. This can include turning off the TV, playing relaxing music, dimming lights, talking softer, and even moving slower. All of these subtle changes are cues that your child will pick up as signs that bedtime is approaching.

    Actual bedtime routines can comprise of many relaxing and sleep promoting activities. Here is a typical bedtime routine:

    • A relaxing bath
    • Putting on pajamas
    • Brushing their teeth
    • Story time in bed
    • Goodnight kisses

    The routine itself can be altered or changed entirely depending on what you find works for your child’s individual needs. It’s not so much the components of the routine that are important, but the consistency that is key.

  2. Create an ideal sleeping environment. Your child’s room should help promote sleeping. It’s best to keep their room dark, quiet, and cool. Some children (especially the very young) want at least a little light in their room, so a nightlight or a dim light is perfectly acceptable. If they can’t sleep in silence or you want to drown out some of the noises from the rest of the house, use a noise machine or a fan to create a rhythmic, steady sound.
  3. Turn off electronics. Remove televisions, computers, games, and other electronic devices from their rooms. These devices promote wakefulness through both stimulating content as well as the light emitting from them which mimics daylight and tricks the brain into thinking it needs to stay awake. Electronics should be turned off or taken away at least an hour before bedtime. Allowing TV’s and computers in their rooms provides them with possible distractions that you won’t be able to control once you’re out of the room.
  4. Make sure they get  regular exercise. It’s important that your children get plenty of exercise during the day which will help them wind down quicker at night. However, keep their last playtime at least 3 hours before bedtime or they may still be too stimulated for sleep.
  5. Avoid meals and caffeine before bedtime. Caffeine is a stimulant and not very good for children anyways. However, if you do allow your child the occasional soft drink, make sure that they don’t have any drinks containing sugar and caffeine within 3 hours of bedtime. Snacks are perfectly acceptable before bedtime as long as they’re healthy and not very filling. If your child asks for a food or drink before bedtime give them a warm glass of milk, or a light healthy snack such as fruit or crackers.

Sleep well, Royal Family’s!

“We promote Intelligence, Curiosity, Hope, Kindness, Faith, Adventure, and Dreams in ALL of our Princes & Princesses! We are more than just a picture, we are a real life example of pure magic.”

with sparkles magic,

Princess Sarah

 

 

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