Getting Kids Ready For BedApril 4, 2021
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Submitted by: Lily Morgan
There are many ways to get your kids ready for bed, but how many of those ideas actually work out well? Getting children ready for bedtime can be a challenge that very few of us have the patience to endure. Yet here we are, night after night, attempting the impossible and trying to put our kids to bed without any trouble to allow them to rest comfortably for a peaceful sleep. Avoiding the kicking, arguing, negotiating and fighting can seem improbable at best. There has to be a better way, right?
Thankfully, there are a few steps you can take to help the process of getting your kids ready for bed go a little bit better. There is no right or wrong way of performing the task, and your family needs to choose the method that works for you, not what works for others. Feel free to experiment with some of the suggestions to help make the process easier on you and your child. Sooner or later, you’ll find that you will have your child resting comfortably in his or her bed and drifting off to dreamland in style.
Set a routine make sure that bedtime is at the same time every night, and stick to a routine. When kids have a predictable bedtime routine and a bedtime that is at the same time every night, even on weekends, they feel more comfortable and will adapt to a schedule quicker than if bedtime is sporadic and at all different times.
Plan weekend activities plan activities for your child on the weekends that will help them wake up at the same time. Provide lots of morning activities on days when there is no school or daycare and give kids a chance to build energy throughout the day.
Limit active play – before you put your child to sleep, try to limit any sort of activity and slow things down two hours before bed. Start preparing your child for bed with a little bit of light reading, bedtime tasks such as brushing teeth and other bedtime rituals like evening prayers or reading a story.
Customize a bedtime ritual one of the best things you can do for your child is involve him or her in the process of customizing their bedtime process. Have your child choose relaxing activities to do before bed that will help slow thoughts down and prepare for sleep. Once you pick things to do before bed with your child, ensure that you keep the order of those activities the same each night.
Make your child comfortable make sure that your child is as comfortable as possible before bed. Any sleepwear should be comfortable and selected by the child, letting him or her choose a favorite stuffed animal or blanket is a good idea, and the bed should be comfortable and suited specifically for the child.
Putting your child to bed properly can seem like a daunting and complicated task, but by setting up a simple routine that you can duplicate each night, you can turn the once-difficult process into an enjoyable experience of bonding between parent and child. Try some of the above hints and ensure your child’s comfort each night by making sure the child has a comfortable bed to sleep in and a room that makes him or her feel at home.
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