Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Ensuring a Stress-free Bedtime: How to

If you have kids like Angela, you’ll know all too well that bedtimes can be chaotic. Ensuring a smooth bedtime for children can be anything but stress-free, but we’ve put together our three top tips to make putting your kids to bed an effortless experience.

1.    Keep to a Strict Routine – Children of school age need between 9 to 12 hours sleep each night, so make sure they’re getting the recommended amount. Keep to a strict routine by ensuring their bath and bedtime story is at the same time each night; this will help you get into a routine too and you’ll probably find they get sleepy as bed time looms, anyway.

2.     Create a Relaxing Environment – This means switching off all technological distractions and allowing your child to really switch off, too. Research has shown that the light from a TV screen can interfere with the production of the hormone melatonin, which can disrupt sleep. Switch everything off and instead create a relaxing environment. Make sure your child has a comfortable bed and mattress; next day beds are available at great value prices online. You could also check the room is dark enough, warm enough and your child has a soft toy to clutch on to should he or she need a little help getting off to sleep.

3.   Banish Fears – We can all remember being truly frightened by ‘monsters under the bed’, and terrifying nightmares as kids, so put yourself in your child’s shoes for a minute and ask yourself what you can do to banish those fears. Many parenting websites suggest ‘changing scary thoughts into silly thoughts’. Tell your kids to imagine that scary ‘monster’ is wearing a polka dot bikini, for example, or silly sunglasses, and they’ll quickly realise there’s nothing to be frightened of.

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