Confident Sleep Habits During The Holidays With GoodNites® Bedtime Pants

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Disclosure: This post is in partnership with GoodNites® Bedtime Pants. As always, opinions are all mine.

With the Holidays looming there are gifts to buy and wrap, meals and snacks to plan and prepare, but one thing busy families gearing up for the holiday fun may not think about is our children’s sleep habits. I am one who always tries to make sure no matter what the occasion one thing stays the same: our routine. Bedtimes rarely change, and I make sure we don’t disrupt our kid’s habits by staying the night anywhere but our own house.

Sure, that isn’t ideal for everyone. The holidays are full of family, friends and travel but I’ve always found the concept of getting enough sleep not only helps level out my stress levels but it helps the kids too! My little one is 4, and although he has been potty trained for quite some time, we still rely on GoodNites® to get him through the nights. He wakes up pretty much every day thoroughly dry, but the confidence it gives us heading to bed does level out the stress.. The confidence boost it gives him knowing he can sleep through the night with no accidents, but is prepared just in case he doesn’t make it to the bathroom,is something I cherish. Having confident kids is something I strive for.

All children need a restful and uninterrupted night of sleep to thrive during the day. The connection between children’s sleep and their overall brain health is undeniable. In fact, widely published research tells us it’s the gateway to our child’s entire well-being. Sleep affects children’s ability to manage emotions, regulate behaviour, integrate information, and focus.

If a child has an accident during the night, their sleep isn’t uninterrupted, so I like to make sure to avoid that at all possible costs. Today, I’ve teamed up with GoodNites® Bedtime Pants to help bring some more confidence to bedtime over the holidays.

Will you be traveling over the holidays this year? Want to make sure the holidays are as confident as can be for your little one? Child and Family Therapist, Michele Kambolis, has given us some great tips to help make sure our kids are getting a better night sleep during the busy holiday season!

  1. Create a clear transition time: Creating a transition that delineates the busy day from times of rest is critical to lowering the high arousal levels that interfere with sleep. Shut down homework, technology and high drive activity, opting instead for calming activities like bath time and reading. This signals your child’s brain to slow down and relax. When they’re ready, allow your child to be independent with their nighttime routine to ensure they learn how to settle in on their own. Encourage them to brush their teeth on their own or read independently for 10-15 minutes before bed.
  2. Create a sleep-inducing environment: A child’s language is play, and toys are their words – so imagine how fired up their brain system becomes as they scan a room lined up with stimulating toys. Instead, try placing toys in bins, well out of sight, and transition their room into a low-key environment with soft sheets, fuzzy socks, and relative quiet. If your child is afraid of the dark, try a dim nightlight or glow-in-the-dark wall stickers to keep them comfortable without disrupting their sleep.
  3. Limit the lingering: Children are notorious nighttime lingerers, with endless requests for a snack, a glass of water, another trip to the bathroom or just one more hug. Once you’ve filled your child up emotionally with that nighttime bonding time, let them know when they’ve reached the bedtime bottom line with a “last call for questions.” Setting those final limits and sticking to them will give your little lingerer the firm message that their sleep is more important than extend-a-play.
  4. Teach self-soothing: When children finally fall into bed and tune into their internal cues, they can become bombarded with a flurry of thoughts. Irrational fears and un-metabolized worries from the day can trigger high brain activity, disrupting both sleep and your child’s peace of mind. Remind your child to snuggle up to their comforting stuffed animal or blanket. Additionally, teaching children mindful diaphragm breathing, progressive relaxation, visualization and other techniques proven to calm their nervous system, can set them up for not only a good’s night sleep, but also a lifetime of well-being.
  5. Manage overnight disruptions: Once your child falls asleep it’s important that they have an uninterrupted sleep to thrive. However, this is a challenging obstacle for nighttime wetters. Nighttime wetting is an inevitable part of growing up (and it’s more common than you think), but it doesn’t have to be distressing. The best thing you can do for a child who experiences nighttime wetting is to manage the condition and instill a stress-free bedtime routine. Help your child understand that nighttime wetting is not their fault and is something their bodies will grow out of naturally. Set the stage for a peaceful rest by using GoodNites® Bedtime Pants to help your child feel secure and relaxed before bed while allowing them to sleep through the night. They’re plush and super absorbent to help keep kids dry and comfortable all night, no matter what sleep position they prefer.

GoodNites® Bedtime Pants are specially designed for nighttime and offer double leg barriers to help prevent leaks and a five-layer protection to keep your child dry all night. With super stretchy sides and fun Disney designs, your child will love feeling comfortable and confident all night long.

Don’t let the holiday hustle and bustle get in the way of good, confident nights of sleep. Make sure the kids are waking up refreshed and ready to celebrate with confidence.

What are you doing this Holiday season to make sure bedtime is the least of your worries?

 

22 Comments

  • Reply robin rue December 5, 2017 at 10:00 am

    My boys used Goodnites when they were training and I was always so happy with them. NO LEAKS ever! You can’t do better than that.

  • Reply Tara December 5, 2017 at 10:01 am

    We used these at night in the beginning of potty training or when traveling and my twins were off their routine and in a different space. lol to the Iron Man designs now. I remember that they had Cars.

  • Reply Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh December 5, 2017 at 10:02 am

    These really came in handy when I was potty training my daughter years ago. She’s 12 now. She loved the fun, I believe at the time Minnie Mouse print.

  • Reply Melissa Chapman December 5, 2017 at 10:54 am

    I love these tips even though I have older kids and bedtime is not as much of an ordeal. I will tell all my family about the GoodNites because they still have younger kids to train.

  • Reply Kristi McAllister December 5, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    I don’t have children, but I like how you made the sleep/brain connection. Sharing with my friend who is raising her two small grandkids!

  • Reply Angela Tolsma December 5, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    Sleep is so important and with traveling, it’s important to keep some things consistent for kids. Sleep schedule is definitely one of those.

  • Reply Laura @ MommyDearest December 5, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    These are all great tips, my next mission is potty training with my youngest. We used Good Nites with my oldest, hoping it’s a smooth transition.

  • Reply Krystal Butherus December 5, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    Pull-ups are a godsend! They help for overnight training, and keep little ones dry while they sleep. I like the ideas you shared!

  • Reply AnnMarie John December 6, 2017 at 5:37 am

    This really makes potty training easier for both the parents and the kids and it’s also perfect when you’re traveling. Pull ups are definitely a must have during this age! I’ve used that when my 5 year old was potty training and I couldn’t be more happy with it.

  • Reply Erica December 6, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Much of this nighttime routine is excellent for adults too. We don’t just feel crappy when we don’t get enough sleep. Our bodies don’t do important things like detoxify from the day. And for the little ones, I’m sure it is a relief for both mom and child when overnight accidents don’t cause lost sleep.

  • Reply StylishGeek December 6, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Good tips on potty training. I have a few friends who now have toddlers and want to transition their kids. Will definitely share your helpful post!

  • Reply serena December 6, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    Love the idea of creating a sleep inducing environment. I need to do that for myself to get through the night :-)

  • Reply Jessica T December 6, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    These are fabulous tips for potty training! It can get frustrating without finding tips like these. Thank you so much!

  • Reply Rachel December 6, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    We are just about to do the potty training thing. My daughter could do it, but she just is being stubborn so we are waiting for it to be on her time.

  • Reply Quirky Homemaker December 6, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    I’m not gonna lie. . .I don’t miss those days, or nights. We definitely went through our share of bedtime pants! These all sound like good tips to help young ones get a good night’s sleep.

  • Reply kathy downey December 6, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    We used goodnight with the grandkids and they are amazing

  • Reply Andrea December 6, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    I am always aware of potential nighttime accidents when we are traveling and in a hotel. These would totally take care of the ‘what ifs’ with the younger children who might have a few disruptions.

  • Reply Cindy Ingalls December 7, 2017 at 12:41 am

    Such great tips. I think we often forget that traveling and sleeping in a strange bed isn’t easy on little ones. It can throw off their routine so anything we can do to help is essential.

  • Reply Shoshana Sue December 7, 2017 at 2:44 am

    Creating a transitional time is beyond important even for my kids who are much older. My girls read before before bedtime because bathing makes them active :) I like that the GoodNites Bedtime has the double leg barriers, this was a struggle with nappies I used to use way back. Thye would leak through the legs.

  • Reply Nicole Shillings December 7, 2017 at 8:54 am

    These are great tips for parents. My best friend is potty training her son, I’ll send this to her as I know it’s been a challenge.

  • Reply Carolyn December 7, 2017 at 9:26 am

    My boys needed night time help for a long time. These were perfect. Especially when traveling for the holidays and in someone else’s bed.

  • Reply Heather December 8, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Excellent tips. My oldest daughter took awhile to get through the night without accidents. But my youngest is very different and is handling potty training so much better.

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