How to conquer bedtime routine
We’ve all had times when packing the kids off to bed is a struggle… A battle of wills that usually ends up with no evening left for shattered parents. As perpetually sleep deprived parents ourselves, we figure it’s never too late to do something about it. So we did a little research to get to grips with the basics.
So, what are the common ideas?
1. Have a bedtime routine
It seems that there’s no one-size-fits-all. Some parents go with the bare essentials. Others manage to turn the bedtime ritual into something magical (often more a question of time and energy, than willingness). However, what is clear is that a regular pattern will help him relax and reach a state where falling asleep is easier.
2. Put them in charge (really? Yes really!)
Give him a feeling of control by offering limited options. “do you want the red or blue pyjamas?”, “pick 2 books to read” or our favourite “would you like to dream of flying dragons or running zebras when you close your eyes?”.
3. Make their bedroom a special place
Create an environment to spend time in, to have fun and relax. Use furniture, books and toys (avoiding iPads and TVs) that fuel their imaginations. Allow them to make the space their own. Their bedroom should be a nice place to be, not just where he’s sent at the end of the day.
Go on, give it a try.
At least one of these options, maybe all three and let’s see what happens.
Think about it, you have nothing to lose, only to gain..!
Wishing you easy bedtimes ahead!
Paul & Karin
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