Have you ever felt like you’ve just won a major battle after you’ve successfully put your child to bed? Many parents can relate to this feeling, as getting your child to bed and putting them to sleep feels more like a complicated task rather than something ordinary that you do every day (or even several times a day). There are many tips and tricks out there designed to help you soothe your child to sleep, but we’re bringing you something else – tips on creating the perfect environment which will make the task much easier.
First of all, you should strive to make going to bed a nice and positive activity for your child. If they see bedtime as a punishment, they will not want to go to sleep calmly, but if it’s a peaceful and calming experience they’ll gladly go to bed when the time comes. Strive to have your child associate going to bed with positivity: long relaxing bath, cuddles, listening to relaxing music or listening to children’s stories and fairy tales on CDs… These are all things your child will love and they’ll start associating bedtime with familiar and happy activities instead of being reminded of the last time they got in trouble.
Set the temperature
For many parents, dressing the child for bed and finding the right temperature on thermostat is equal to rocket science, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Listening to other people’s advice and comparing their experiences will let you know this: children react differently to the same conditions and temperatures. Still, experts agree that a room that’s a bit cooler (somewhere around 65 degrees) will help your child sleep through the night. Everyone’s internal body temperature fluctuates throughout the day, but it lowers at night, and if the room is too warm it will make it difficult for both you and your child to fall asleep.
White noise helps
This is particularly helpful for parents who have fussy babies: background noise or white noise will help the child sleep more peacefully but it will also allow the other person to do some work around the house without fear that their activities will wake the child up. This can be as simple as turning on the TV and lowering the volume a bit, turning on your dishwasher or dryer, or vacuuming the house. Of course, this doesn’t mean that the child should be in the same room as the source of noise, but moderate volume noise in the other room will help calm the baby down.
Declutter the space
It’s imperative that you keep your child’s room free of clutter and clean. If the room is messy or it has too many things, the child will be easily distracted with their toys or they’ll remember something they didn’t do (they forgot to put the toys away, or the toy isn’t in its ‘rightful’ place). When they look around and see a lot of different things, their brain will keep on working, making it difficult for the child to calm down and go to sleep. A clean space is soothing, so you can make cleaning a part of their bedtime routine: putting the toys ‘to sleep’ will help them go to sleep too.
Unsurprisingly, a great number of children like having some sort of light in their bedrooms, which means that a nice little lamp will do you good. Nightlights are a great option as too much light will mess with their natural body rhythm that actually triggers sleep. Darkness makes our brains release melatonin, making us drowsy and sleepy. This is why it’s having quality shutters in a bedroom is a great idea: they block the sun or any other light coming through the window, making the room darker and your child drowsy.
Children are our greatest treasure; even when they’re moody and cranky because they’re too tired and you feel like screaming because you’re running out of patience you love them dearly. It doesn’t matter if we’re talking of babies, energetic toddlers, or pre-schoolers, when you create an inviting sleeping environment, putting your child to bed is going to be twice as easy than before.