Being a Mum is hard work, especially when your kids just won’t settle down for sleep at night, and you’re simply not sure what to do next. You’ve given them some warm milk, you made sure their dinner wasn’t too early or too late, and you’ve read them all a story to get them into the bedtime mood. But still, they get up from their covers repeatedly, and you’re at your wit’s end.
Eventually they’ll go to sleep, of course, but being able to wait for that moment as a slightly exhausted parent is a struggle. So we need to make sure your children’s rooms, and their beds in particular, are perfect for getting an easy and comfortable good night’s rest! If you make the experience more friendly and your kids won’t have any trouble getting used to a sleep schedule.
She looks like she’ll have a great night of rest. (Image)
Get a Better Mattress
You’re never too young for a memory foam mattress, and when you teach your kids from the offset that they’re meant to be comfortable and cosy in bed, they’re going to appreciate sleeping a lot more than usual! So head to a place for foam sheets and get yourself a good roll of foam (if you prefer the DIY approach), or simply buy a new mattress from your local store. When your kids have a lot of growing and changing to do, having a mattress that sculpts around them is the best way to get them to drop off.
Play Before Bedtime
But only if you’ve got a three hour clearance, as you don’t want this kind of exercise to wake them up in the evening! If you have a good playtime before you set your kids off to sleep, they’ll properly be tired and want to go to bed - their energy doesn’t actually last forever, no matter what the general consensus is! On the other hand, some parents out there turn bedtime itself into a game, why not try that?
Make Sure There’s No Issues
If you’ve tried all of the above, and you’ve gone out of your way to try and get your child to sleep properly on their own, then there could be a slight sleep disorder developing. It’s not something a parent wants to imagine for their little one, but sleep disorders strike at any age, and they are numerous in number.
Track your child’s sleeping behaviour. Are they tired during the day, and not just after some exercise? Are they falling asleep at school? Are they wetting themselves more than would be normal for a child of their age? Write down all the problems and take the issue to a doctor; it’s always better to be safe than sorry!
If your kid has trouble sleeping, now’s your chance to put that problem to bed! Don’t worry, you’ve got a lot of wiggle room to work with, and no one gets the issue right on their first attempt at a sleep routine.