Pre-schoolers and bedtime problems

Published on January 25, 2017

If you’re struggling with your pre-schooler’s bedtime routine, the below pointers are sure to put your problems to rest.

Make bedtime a priority

Your child should know his sleeping time and must adhere to it strictly. At least an hour before bed-time he/she should unwind from active play and get into the bed-time preparation. It could be brushing teeth, putting on night suit, listening to a story or a goodnight hug.

Avoid any distractions

During your child’s bedtime hours, maintain a quiet environment. Avoid any kind of disturbance like watching TV, or just anything that is exciting and would make the child stay up.

Give a comfort object

Young children are reluctant to sleep alone and would want you to sleep beside them so they feel secure. To serve the purpose of security you can offer your child a security object to keep him/her relaxed while they sleep. If your child is afraid of the dark, turn on a night bulb or keep the passageway lights on for some light into the bedroom.

Make transition to bedtime soothing

Taking time to wind down might help your child fall asleep. Make the lights dim, encourage soft music or bedtime stories to have a calming transition to sleep. It is suggested that even the parents or siblings slow down their activities to create quietness. Also, see that the child doesn’t get over sleep during daytime nap. This would make the child stay active at night and might lead to bed-time battle which you’re going to lose.

Make him/her stay in the bed

Before you put your child to the bed check whether all his requirements like water, blanket, comfort toy; are placed near his/her bed so he/she doesn’t trail you out of the room asking for anything.

Handle mid-night awakening

If your child wakes up in the middle of the night and calls out to you, give him/her some time to settle down and go back to sleep. If he/she has awaken because of a bad dream respond quickly, assure him/her and stay on his/her side until he/she falls asleep.

Consistency is the key

Stick to the bedtime routine and eventually your child will follow it even without your instructions.

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