A good bedtime routine can be the difference between good sleep habits and a lot of sleepless nights no matter what age your child is. There are many parenting books on sleep, but we encourage you to not overcomplicate it. Here are a few of our top tips for improving your child’s bedtime routine.
Keep Times Consistent
Keeping a regular sleep schedule, even on weekends, maintains the timing of your child’s internal clock. This will make falling asleep and waking up much easier for them.
The National Sleep Foundation recommends that we should stop using electronic devices at least 30 minutes before bedtime. Instead, grab a book or do part of a puzzle to wind down.
Do Relaxation Activities
Family meals are easy opportunities to start implementing technology-free time. Make sure your children know that when it is breakfast, lunch or dinner time, there are no TVs, tablets or phones at the table. You can also set technology-free time in the morning or during bedtime too!
Use a Security Object
A security object could be a stuffed animal, blanket or any other comforting object that is specifically for bedtime. When they have this item, they know it is time for sleep whether it be at bedtime or for a nap.
Keep it Short
Bedtime routines work best when they are short and sweet. They should last about 10 – 15 minutes, or a little longer if a bath is included.
It takes practice to develop a good sleep routine, but it is definitely achievable especially when you start these habits young. We hope you implement some of these tips to help with bedtime routines in your home. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.