If you're struggling with your pre-schooler’s bedtime routine,
the below pointers are sure to put your problems to rest.
bedtime a priority
Your child should know
his sleeping time and must adhere to it strictly. At least an hour before
bed-time he/she should unwind from active play and get into the bed-time
preparation. It could be brushing teeth, putting on night suit, listening to a
story or a goodnight hug.
During your child’s
bedtime hours, maintain a quiet environment. Avoid any kind of disturbance like
watching TV, or just anything that is exciting and would make the child stay
a comfort object
Young children are
reluctant to sleep alone and would want you to sleep beside them so they feel secure.
To serve the purpose of security you can offer your child a security object to
keep him/her relaxed while they sleep. If your child is afraid
of the dark, turn on a night bulb or keep the passageway lights on for some
light into the bedroom.
transition to bedtime soothing
Taking time to wind down
might help your child fall asleep. Make the lights dim, encourage soft music or
bedtime stories to have a calming transition to sleep. It is suggested that even
the parents or siblings slow down their activities to create quietness. Also,
see that the child doesn’t get over sleep during daytime nap. This would make
the child stay active at night and might lead to bed-time battle which you’re
going to lose.
him/her stay in the bed
Before you put your child
to the bed check whether all his requirements like water, blanket, comfort toy;
are placed near his/her bed so he/she doesn’t trail you out of the room asking
If your child wakes up in
the middle of the night and calls out to you, give him/her some time to settle down
and go back to sleep. If he/she has awaken because of a bad dream respond
quickly, assure him/her and stay on his/her side until he/she falls asleep.
is the key
Stick to the bedtime
routine and eventually your child will follow it even without your