Are your kids having a hard time winding down for bed? You have come to the right place for a couple ideas. I have three boys, whose energy comes from a bottomless pit. If I could only have some of that energy so I could keep up with them! Sometimes it is difficult for parents and children. If you are wondering how to get your kids to sleep, I have 7 fantastic ideas for you.
How to get your kids to sleep using their own internal clock!
I want to share the best way on how to get your kids to sleep. My boys are now 7, 10, and 12. They are getting old enough now that they only need reminders of what to do. The days of helping them brush their teeth are over. They need mom very little these days. I still require hugs and kisses each night though! One of the best things I have done with my boys that you will see on the list, is sticking to a routine.
Giving kids a routine, helps them mentally understand what is to be expected. Beyond that, they have an internal clock. All of our bodies have this internal clock. This clock tells us it is time for bed and time to wake up. If you go to work every morning at the same time for many years, your body might start to wake up before the alarm clock goes off.
If we apply the same time schedule to our children every night their little bodies will get used to it. They will get sleepy at a certain time every night. You can start training their bodies anytime. It may take a while for the internal clock to set itself, but eventually your good time keeping will show. We relax the times on the weekend, but it is best to put them to bed the same time every night. We homeschool, so we don’t have a certain time we need to be asleep or wake up. I aim to have them get enough sleep, and have a pretty regular sleep schedule.
7 Ways to Help Your Children to Wind Down for Bed
- Try giving them milk before bed. People used to drink warm milk before bed.
- Warm non caffeinated tea, with just a tiny amount of honey. Honey is supposed to help sleep too.
- DIY Sleepy Time Roll-On Scent – Only three ingredients!
- Make sure they have clean sheets/pillowcases. There is nothing better that getting into bed with clean sheets.
- Turn off screens an hour before bedtime.
- Read a book. Reading always makes me sleepy.
- Routine – Keep a routine, their bodies will follow. Also, allow for a healthy amount of sleep. Remember that their bodies are growing and they need more than the eight hours that is recommended for adults. Consult a doctor if you don’t know how many hours your children should be getting.
Helping troubled sleepers get to sleep!
When my boys were toddlers, one of them had trouble getting to sleep. I found that a soothing noise was very helpful for him. We found a pretty inexpensive sound machine. I let my boys take turns picking out which sounds would play at night. It worked for my son. You could also try using a fan, although I don’t like using them in the winter, it would be too cold, and I have heard that it is not good for a person to do so.
I have an app on the kindle, I think it is called melody, oh found it, it’s called Relax Melodies. I have the free version and it is pretty amazing. They also have premium versions. I was just searching their website and found they have Relax Seasons! Unfortunately only for the iphone/ipad. I am a sucker for Christmas music. I know it is on July, how could I possibly be thinking about Christmas? Anyhow, you can customize your soothing sounds and I believe you can even set a timer on it, which is pretty cool. I hope these tips help you guys out. Mothering is hard.
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