How do I get my child in a normal sleeping schedule?
Last Updated: 02/27/2018 at 4:45pm
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In my experience the only way to create a normal sleeping schedule with your child is with consistent rules and routines. If you need to adjust the routine or schedule to fit a more conducive one - do it in 15 minute increments throughout the week and follow the routine regularly. There are also tools such as glowing alarm clocks that can assist you with transitions and keeping a child in bed.
My best suggestions are having your child have a drink of water before sleeping, but no food. I also think that bedtime stories (as simple as they seem) are great for helping children have good dreams, not nightmares. Those should help you to allow your child to sleep whenever you find necessary.
Small changes are a good thing. Start to train them to know when it's bedtime and keep that same schedule no matter what. After you know it, they'll get used to it and maybe even remind you that it's bedtime.
Be persistent, try to always follow the same routine every day& night,children need routine & structure in their lives, my kids go to bed every night at the same time and wake up at the same time every night and every morning!
You can start by planning. And prioritizing. Start with picking out the timeframe you want your child to lay down. Discuss the situation and what you want and expect from them as a parent. Adhere to the rules and schedule that you have put in place and be sure to follow through. Possibly removing things from the childs room that can distract them could also help.
try to get them ready for bed for a certain time. try to bathe them let them eat on time and let them know that its time to sleep. sometimes you have o read a book for them to get in the mood for sleep and it will work
Set a routine. Start getting ready for bed, and doing calming activities a half hour before bed, and the same time everynight go to bed. If done consistently, This will help train their bodies to relax and get tired so they will be ready for bed, and regulate their sleep schedule.
It takes practicing it. Get your child to spend all their energy in the times when they are suppose to be awake then at a certain time get them to go to bed. Repeat this routine until your child gets used to it and does it by themselves.
Keep them up during the day and when it gets to the time where they should be in bed give them warm milk (Helps make them sleepy).
If your child/ren enjoy reading, or a certain activity or snack, you can encourage them; try convincing them by getting them in a bath, or bedtime clothes, make it fun, avoid negative connotations, read them a book, sing a lullaby maybe put some nature sounds on. The darker the room the more likely they are to sleep. Also make sure to bond with your children during this time so they look forward to bedtime.
A child needs a routine. Try to do the same thing every night so that your child knows whats happening and what to expect. Baths can soothe a child and relax their muscles. Bathing before bed, a warm drink and then a story in bed should settle your child. Repeating this same routine every night will help.
This question/answer is dependent on the age of the child. However Consistency and routine are key! Children thrive on a schedule and whats expected. They also do better when it's not a battle...they know what will be happening and can have a feeling of control in themselves. Start with simple things...time for settling down, bath, brush teeth, story time etc... and the less battle the easier it is on everyone.
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