Sometimes, getting kids ready for bed turns into a complete nightmare for everyone concerned. But, it doesn’t need to be that way! Keep reading, for a few tips to help you make bedtime easier for your children to handle.
Establish a Routine
Whatever you decide your kid’s bedtime is going to be, it’s wise to instruct them to go to bed around the same time every night. Being consistent typically makes it easier for children to get ready for sleep when bedtime rolls around.
In order to help them stick to their bedtime routine, print out a fun chart to help them remember what they need to do, before going to bed. If you have young children, you may want to include pictures with it. This makes it more interesting and easier to remember than just a plain text chart.
Cut Out Caffeine
Caffeine and sugar can make it very difficult to get kids to calm down. Honestly, limiting these two things does wonders, regardless of the time of day. But, that’s a topic for another post!
If you do allow your kids consume caffeine, it’s best to do so early in the afternoon. This way, it has plenty of time to wear off before it’s time to say good night.
Keep Kids Active During the Day
One of the best ways to get your kids to go to bed at night is to wear them out during the day. Make sure your kids involve themselves plenty of physical activity throughout the day, whether it’s running, biking, an after-school sport or almost anything in between.
Regulate Nap Time
Younger children and toddlers typically nap for between one and three hours in the afternoon. Sleep for longer periods can make it difficult for them to fall asleep again at bedtime. Don’t be afraid to wake them after a nap. In the long run, you’re much better off doing so.
Hopefully, this information makes it simpler to get your kids to go to (and stay in) bed at bedtime. It won’t happen overnight. But, with a little patience and due diligence, things will get better before you know it.