Sleep, as we all know, is an important part of everyone’s daily life. It is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle. This is especially true for children as they learn and mature. Children who get enough sleep on a daily basis have better concentration, behavior, listening, memory, and general mental and physical wellbeing, according to studies.
Bedtime battles, on the other hand, are a reality for parents. At some point, any parent has had to struggle with the challenge of getting a child to bed. You’re not alone on this, thankfully. Follow these sleep-inducing tips to ensure that both you and your child get a decent night’s sleep!
Blue light from a TV or cell phone screen has been shown to interfere with the development of sleep hormones in people. This means that if your kid has screen time before bed, it will be more difficult for him or her to fall asleep! Create a screen-free space in your bedroom. Try telling a bedtime story to your kid instead of using the internet or watching TV.
Have a routine
Infants, toddlers, and pre-schoolers react well to routines. To begin, establish a routine that is both soothing and calming. Set a schedule that involves a quick playtime after dinner, a bath, brushing your child’s teeth, a bedtime story, and then bedtime. When you have a schedule for your infant, his or her body will naturally begin to feel sleepy.
The darker the better
It is important to build a relaxing atmosphere in which to sleep. It’s best if the atmosphere is dim, silent, and cool. Try placing a dim night light in your child’s room if he or she requires any light. Remember that your bedroom should encourage you to relax!
Understanding your child’s needs
Children need different amounts of sleep, depending on their age. Understanding your child’s sleeping needs and unique sleep patterns is important for you to put them to bed.
As a guide:
- Newborns sleep 16 to 17 hours a day between the ages of one to four weeks. They haven’t figured out how to relax at night and through the day.
- 1 to 4 months old: Babies at this age will sleep around the same amount of hours each night, but their night/day sleep patterns start to set in, enabling them to sleep later at night.
- From 4 months to 1 year: Babies this age also need 14 to 15 hours of sleep a day. Most of them will sleep for the majority of the night. It is important that your child develops healthier sleeping habits during this period.
- Ages 1 to 3: Most toddlers need 12 to 14 hours of sleep a night.
- Children aged 3 to 7 years old need approximately 11 to 12 hours of sleep a night.
Say hello to good sleep
When your kid sleeps well, you will too! You will put an end to bedtime squabbles with these helpful tips!