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!
- 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.
- 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. Children also tend to overheat in the night because they move so much so be sure to look for the best air conditioner that will be able to keep their room cool during the night.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?