Tips to Get Your Child to Sleep
We all know that sleep is an essential part of everyone’s routine. It is an indispensable part of a healthy lifestyle. This is even more so for kids, as they are growing and developing.
Studies have shown that kids who regularly get an adequate amount of sleep have improved attention, behaviour, learning, memory, and overall mental and physical health.
However, as parents, we know that bedtime battles are real. Every parent has had to deal with the difficulty of putting a child to bed at some point of time.
Luckily, you are not alone. Follow these tips to get your child to sleep so that you and your child can get a good night’s rest!
Know How Much Sleep is Needed
Children need different amounts of sleep, depending on their age. Understanding your child's sleeping needs and unique sleep patterns is important for you to put them to bed. As a guide, follow:
· 1 to 4 weeks old: Newborns sleep approximately 16 to 17 hours a day. They have not developed a night/day sleep cycle.
· 1 to 4 months old: Babies of this age still tend to sleep about the same number of hours, but their night/day sleep cycles begin to kick in, allowing them to sleep longer at night.
· 4 months to 1 year: Babies of this age still require between 14 to 15 hours of sleep daily. Most of them are able to sleep through most of the night. During this period, it is important to establish healthy sleep habits for your child.
· 1 to 3 years: Most toddlers need about 12 to 14 hours of sleep.
· 3 to 7 years- Approximately 11 to 12 hours of sleep.
Routines work really well with infants, toddlers, and pre-schoolers. To start off, aim for a routine that is comforting and relaxing. For example, after dinner, set a routine that includes a simple playtime, bath time, brushing your child’s teeth, a bedtime story, and then bedtime.
By setting a routing, you child’s body will automatically start to feel sleepy when the routine sets in.
Screen Off Time
It is widely proven that the blue light from a TV or mobile phone screen can interfere with an individual’s sleep hormone production. This means that if there is screen time before bed, your child will find it harder to fall asleep! Make the bedroom a screen-free zone. Instead of using a phone or watching TV, consider reading a bedtime story to your child.
Regular exercise during the day helps children fall asleep more easily at night. Do note that you should keep exercise at least 3 hours before bedtime so that they will not be too alert to sleep!
Positive Sleeping Environment
It is important to create an environment that is conducive for sleeping. It is good to keep the room dark, quiet, and cool. If you child needs a little bit of light to be present, consider having a dim night light in the room. Remember, the bedroom environment should promote sleeping!
Say Goodnight to Bedtime Battles
When your child sleeps better, so do you. With these tips and tricks, you can say goodnight to bedtime battles!
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