Sleep, Infant Sleep: 5 Tips on Getting Kids to Sleep
The long days of summer parents are a thorn in the Eye. Because without darkness, the little ones usually have no desire to retire to their bed. We give parents some tips on how to make the little ones fall asleep.
It's unfair for children: it's light outside, everyone else is still staying, and it's time to go to bed. An appeal to reason parents can save. Resilient children do not let themselves be discussed. On the balmy summer evenings, parents have to get creative.
Why falling asleep on time is important
There are children who have trouble getting to bed. For them, the day should never end. They invent different, usually extremely imaginative reasons to extend the day - to the annoyance and despair of their parents.
As parents, one must be careful that these problems do not mutate into an endless power struggle. Both sides suffer from such a battle. Basically, it is advisable to allow your children in certain situations, even determine their getting-up time. For example, parents can tell their offspring that tomorrow is Sunday and they can sleep as long as they want. This move is a paradoxical intervention, as described in an article by the Bavarian State Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, Family and Women. Children get the impression that they can make their own decisions. In doing so, it is strongly tied to the parents' requirements.
For children, these paradox jobs are a game, which is why they are so effective. At the same time, the assignments satisfy the need for autonomy, which is particularly active in young people.
Here are our five tips for parents getting their children to go to sleep.
1. Play Beds: Turning Adventures into a Sleep Ritual
There are many cute designed play beds that help parents make falling asleep fun. With the offspring they should play here in the castle and conclusively declare that every prince, princess or hero needs his well-earned rest after a long battle. Only with this peace of mind can they fill up with energy for the next day and make the world better.
2. Light Off: Creating Artificial Darkness
If the tots need darkness to fall asleep, parents can take care of it themselves. Curtains and shutters darken the room and send impulses to the child's brain that it's time to sleep. By the way, good blackout options are not only good for falling asleep. They also help the child to rest better overall. The morning ritual is no longer a test of patience.
3. Rituals: Calling for Sleep with Regular Procedures
Speaking of Rituals: The sooner parents teach rituals to their children, the easier it will be for them in the future to go to bed at the right time. The ritual can look like this:
- putting on pajamas
- brushing teeth
- reading history
- a final kiss
Humans are habitual animals - this is no different with children. Smart parents use this trait in their favor.
4. Spontaneity: keep children busy
Rituals do not work for every child. For the offspring it can be more effective if their parents reshape their sleep every night. For example, you can equip the little ones' bed with cuddly toys and tell them that they are waiting for the child to go to bed. Without the child, they could not fall asleep. Even the bedtime story does not always have to be read classically. Some stories can be wonderfully decorated with a hand puppet.
5. Bathing: A relaxed bath helps to fall asleep
Parents know it: After a hard day, they just want to take a relaxing bath. Even children love to take a bath. With them, the bathroom has an important function: It cleans the little ones from head to toe. If you daily dig in the sand pit, the small grains will have stuck everywhere. A nice side effect: a bath makes children incredibly tired.
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