February 23, 2012

Helping Children Fall Asleep: 6 Bedtime Tips for Parents

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Nothing is quite as sweet as the sight of a sleeping child, however as most parents have already discovered, helping children reach that blissful state is not necessarily an easy task.

Is your child struggling to fall asleep at night? Help send your little munchkin off to dreamland by utilizing some of these tips:

  1. Avoid feeding your child big meals close to bedtime. Also make sure to not to give him or her anything containing caffeine within less than six hours of bedtime.
  2. Establish a regular sleep and wake time, and stick to it—even on the weekends.
  3. Create a relaxing bedtime routine, such as reading a book or taking a warm bath.
  4. Make sure your child is comfortable. The temperature in his or her bedroom shouldn’t be too hot or too cold and the lighting should be minimal.
  5. Some children become frightened when put to bed. Comforting bedtime buddies—like teddy bear, familiar blanket or flashlight—can help some children overcome their worries.
  6. After dinner, avoid stimulating activities. Too much activity close to bedtime can actually help children away.

Positive sleep routines can help children live happy and healthy lives, but they’re also important for parents! If you often find yourself waking up groggy, SleepTracker can help. Visit our website to learn more about how this sleep monitor works.