Written by Pradeep
I love this quote on parenting, “Parenting is as crazy as circumnavigating the globe without a map…but, oh, what a journey!” So true. Each parent has their own unique “parenting” story filled with anxious yet fun-filled moments, but in the end, every single effort is worth it. As babies grow into toddlers, the biggest challenge that parents face is making them eat and putting them to sleep. You will be surprised how they can look and feel so full of energy at the end of a tiring day when the only thing you want to do is hit the bed. Why is it so difficult to create a bedtime routine for kids? How to create one and make it enjoyable for toddlers? Let’s explore these issues and try to get to some solutions.
Regular schedules and bedtime routine may sound archaic, but they do play a vital role in making your child sleep well and get up refreshed. It’s true that there are no hard and fast rules to be followed because what works for you may not work for me. Nevertheless, it is important to have a routine and stick with it.
Ideally, you must reserve an hour prior to bedtime for quiet play, snuggling, reading a story together and this must be consistently followed each night in the same order. Of course, the routine evolves and undergoes a transition as the child grows, but the basics must be the same—changing into a nightdress, brushing, reading etc.
Here are some tips to get started:
Here are little steps you can follow to make bedtime easier for your little ones.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, newborns need at least 12 to 18 hours of sleep each day. As they grow, the number of hours gradually reduces. Toddlers need about 12 to 14 hours while for preschoolers (3-5 years) 11-13 hours is more ideal. As they grow even older, 10-11 hours is sufficient. For details on this and more, look up here. But the biggest challenge and the question in the minds of most parents is, why don’t kids want to sleep on time? Well, maybe the reasons could be:
These could be some simple and general reasons, but if sleep problem persists and gets chronic to the point that the child fails to fall asleep and stay asleep despite being soothed and getting tired, then you need to consult a specialist.
Is there a way to tackle the problem and find a mutual solution? Of course, there is. Here are some tips to get you started. Of course, you can get creative and design your own.
As already mentioned, sleep hours are important for every child, but each child is unique and therefore you may have to follow one that suits your child and his needs. What is ultimately important is the number of hours they get to sleep so that they can get back to their fresh and active self the next day. Many parents have a tough time getting their kids into a routine, but with practice and extra patience, it is possible.
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