Most parents know that enforcing a bedtime for schoolchildren can be a real battle. To say that it’s hard to make kids sleep is an understatement.
Are you worried that your child is sleeping too late or not getting enough rest?
Each family is different. Some families believe that kids should sleep early consistently. Meanwhile, others follow a more flexible schedule. These families often allow kids to sleep late because it’s fine for them to wake up a bit later too.
If you’re worried about your child’s sleeping patterns, here are some of the things you should keep in mind.
Make Sure Your Child Is Getting The Ideal Amount Of Sleep
Kids need more sleep than adults. Ideally, school children should get somewhere between 9 and 12 hours of sleep a day. The case is different for every child, so observe your child’s needs and habits to find out how much sleep they need.
Maintain A Regular Sleep-Wake Cycle
Try to keep a regular sleep-wake cycle for your child. Make sure they sleep and wake up around the same time every day. If you want to make changes, start with 15-minute adjustments every two days.
You Can’t Always Dictate Sleep
You can’t force a child to sleep, but you can always enforce a bedtime. When your child is already in bed and the lights are out, they will eventually get bored and fall asleep. Avoid rowdy activities after dinnertime. It’s also a good idea to stop watching TV and playing with gadgets just before sleeping.
A Bedtime Routine Is Important
If you are a busy working parent, the period before sleeping is the best time to reconnect with your child. Take advantage of this quiet time to form a stronger bond with one another. You can read a book together or ask about your child’s day.
Help Your Child Relax Before Bedtime
It’s a good idea to give your child a soothing bath about two to three hours before bedtime. Instead of just rushing through the process of getting your child clean, think of bath time as something that will help your little one unwind. Gently massage your child during the bath―they will enjoy this just as an adult would.
You can also try adding Epsom salt to ordinary bath water to improve your child’s sleeping habits. Made from magnesium and sulfate, Epsom salt has been used for hundreds of years to help with relaxation. Since it’s made from all-natural materials, you can be 100% sure that it’s safe even for your child to use.
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