Well, last night was another one of those! Our 15 month old just didn’t want to go to sleep… I’m sure you know the feeling! To top it off, Kayla had a friend here for a sleepover, and the two of them were up chatting and giggling way past midnight! Spanish summer holidays, oh, the joys! So this morning I decided to look at the whole concept of sleep. The benefits of a good night’s rest, what happens if you don’t get enough of it, all those good things. What I found out was pretty interesting, and I decided to add a page on that to the childhood development section in the menu.
One other thing that I decided to do was create a list of some of the best tips I could find out there (plus a few of my own) on how to help your little one develop good sleep habits from an early age. I hope you find these tips useful. Also, if you have any others that you think should be on the list, feel free to add them in the comments section. Hopefully tonight we can all get a good night’s sleep!
Top tips for creating good sleep habits in children
- Create a soothing atmosphere in your child’s bedroom – a night light or special bedtime teddy can make all the difference, helping your little one feel safe and secure.
- Develop a bedtime routine and stick to it – your child’s body becomes used to a certain amount of sleep. When the routine is changed, your little one just ‘doesn’t feel right’.
- Plan for and address any issues that might arise during the night before you tuck your little one in – a bottle or a glass of water next to the bed, a trip to the loo… doing the same things nightly contributes to creating a routine and prevents unnecessary disruptions during the night.
- Make bedtime a positive experience – be it story time or a few minutes alone with Mom or Dad’s full attention, think of including something that your child will look forward to in their bedtime routine.
- Praise your child for staying in their own bed – positive reinforcement! We all know this works with kids!
- Stay strong and remain constant – I know it’s tough, but try to stick to routine. Have rules for bedtime and bedtime behavior. Your little one will realize soon enough that that’s just the way things are.
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