It can be tricky getting your little angel to sleep in the own bed. Try this top tips to support your little angel.
- Set a bedtime – You know how much sleep your little angel needs. Set a bedtime and stick to it, children respond well to routine and structure.
- Create a bedtime routine – Whether its dinner, bath and story time keep to the routine you have created. Your child will quickly understand this and anticipate the next step this allows them time to prepare for bed and its not a shock when the bedtime comes.
- Turn the TV off at least two hours before bedtime – Research has shown that the light from a television screen or any other digital screens interfere with the hormone melatonin. This effects their sleep-cycles and can keep them awake for two additional hours.
- Set the temperature - Make sure your child is comfortable. Clothes and blankets should not restrict movement, and the bedroom temperature shouldn't be too warm or too cold.
- Respond with caution - If your child calls for you after you've left his room, wait a few moments before responding. This will remind him that it is sleep time; this also gives them a chance to soothe themselves.
- Be consistent - If your child comes out of their room after you have put them to bed, gently walk them back and remind them it is sleep time.
- Provide comfort tools – Whether it is a night-light or a special teddy to protect them allow them to have a comforter for their worries. "monster spray," or a large stuffed animal to "protect" him. .
- Give rewards – Try a star chart for example each night they stay in their bed all night they get a star after 3 stars they can choose a reward. Slowly increase how many stars they need to win a prize over time.
- Create a cosy sleeping environment – Your child may love all their cuddly toys on their bed however, it may be easier to have a clear bed with lots of space to sleep. Ensure the curtains block out the light and create a cosy and calm room.
- Don’t make sleep a big deal - Just like adults, kids can have trouble shutting their brains off for the night. Instead of increasing that anxiety by insisting it’s time to sleep, consider focusing more on the idea of relaxation and calming your child’s body down.