8 Tips On Getting Your Kids To Bed
Wouldn’t it be nice if your kid does not argue with you when you ask him to go to sleep? He will just ask you for a glass of milk and read him a bedtime story then he’ll close his eyes and everything will be peace and quiet. Oh, that would be a very blissful night. However, getting your kid to sleep is not as easy as you think. Most of the parents think that kid’s bedtime is a nightmare for them. This task can really be challenging and would really test your patience especially if your child is very hyperactive.
Parents should be aware that there is a right amount of sleep their child could get in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This “right amount of sleep” changes as your child gets older. Anything more or less than the required time would have a negative effect in his body. Also, studies have shown that kids who did not meet the minimum required time for sleeping would have negative effects on his behavior the next day. The table below shows the minimum and maximum hours of sleep your child should get per day in order to stay healthy.
|1-3 Years old||12-14 hours per day|
|4-6 Years old||10-12 hours per day|
|7-12 Years old||10-11 hours per day|
|12-18 Years old||8-9 hours per day|
Why do kids hate to sleep?
There are a number of possible reasons: they might be afraid of being alone in the dark, they do not want to put an end to the happiness they are feeling at the moment, they still want to explore and make sure they don’t miss anything and some even have sleeping disorders like insomnia. There are plenty of reasons and it is hard to point a finger on who the real culprit is.
Tips on Putting your Child to Sleep
1. Go to Sleep the Same Time as your Kids
This helps your kids to physically and mentally get into sleep routine. When both of you go to sleep at the same time every night, your child’s body clock do its work and programs his body that tells him “okay it’s time go to sleep buddy.”
2. Turn Off the TV
Some parents think that their kids would be more relaxed if they watch TV before going to sleep. Apparently, studies have shown that watching TV before bed causes stress for children especially when the program they’re watching contains violence, suspense, drama or conflict. These themes can cause nightmares which can lead to death.
3. Have a Bed Time Routine
Prepare a three to four routine your child has to do before going to sleep. Routines may involve taking a bath, brushing their teeth, organizing their toys, etc. This can help them wind down and get ready to sleep.
4. Set an Early Bedtime
An earlier bedtime results in an easier bedtime. Experts recommend parents to put their child to sleep between 7:30 to 8:30pm. Any later than this would over-tire your child and an over-tired child is likely to sleep less soundly and for less time than one who os appropriately tired.
5. Remove Electronics and Phones
These technological gadgets can easily distract your child. He will be more focused on finishing a video game than going to sleep so you better get those gadgets out of their rooms.
6. Watch their Caffeine Intake
Coffee is not the only source of caffeine. Did you know that dark chocolates can have up to 31 mg of caffeine? Colas on the other hand have 25 mg while iced teas have 40mg. You need to be aware of these kinds of foods. Caffeine contains chemicals that can make your child so jumpy and it can stay in their body for six hours.
7. Tire him out During the Day
Make sure that he gets enough activity and has exhausted his energy during the day so they can sleep easier at night.
8. Watch the Napping
Toddlers who are three years old and younger naturally nap during the day. Make sure to track his nap time because if he gets so much sleep at the morning, he would have a hard time sleeping at night.
Sleeping is essential to all of us. It is one of the sources of energy that gets us going the next day. Sleeping is most important on children since it help on their growth and development.