Bedtime is a real struggle for us all. You want them to have a full nights rest but… now they are hungry! They want everything on the sun when it’s time to lay down. They don’t understand in the morning why they are little meanies is because of the lack of sleep. Getting them down and to stay down is a real test of motherhood!
When children don't get enough sleep, they have a harder time controlling their emotions. They may be irritable or hyper, which is no fun for anyone. Kids who are always sleep-deprived are more likely to have behavior problems, have trouble paying attention and learning, and be overweight. So although it's not easy, it's important to do all you can to help your child get the sleep they need.
Here are some tips that may help with your bedtime blues:
1. Poison baths are essential: I call them poison baths because it absolutely takes Bastian out. He goes into the bath full of energy to leave it completely drained. The product I use is Dr. Teal's Kids Melatonin 3 in 1 Bath Wash aka liquid gold. If you're a mother like me I don't like to give my little one Melatonin orally because of the chance of terrible nightmares. So when I discovered the Sleep Bath it was a knight in shining armor. I accompanied it with the Melatonin Lotion, man oh man legend. I will never turn back an d I'll become a spokesman for the company! lol
2. Make a bedtime and stick to it: Kids need a routine to function properly. Kids love it, they thrive on it, and it works. You have to make this a hard time! You have to schedule your day around bedtime. I like to do hour count downs; it gives a little wiggle room. 2 hours before bed is dinner. 1 hour before bed is bath time! I give him 30 minutes in the bath. 15 minutes to dry off, lotion, and cloth with teeth brushing. That leaves 15 minutes for a story and the million kisses and hugs you'll receive upon exiting the room. Even if they are not asleep you have to walk away. If you have more than one (that sleep in the same room) I would suggest separating them and then once asleep put back together. Timing...Timing....Timing stick to it!
3. Tapering them down towards bedtime: What I mean by tapering down is simple! Start minimizing their activities. Announce it's close to bedtime and its time too pick up major toys. Let them choose their last activity and do it with them if they want. This helps them mentally prepare to get ready for bed. The hard things to take away should happen now so you're not fighting during dinner time. Winning the war will also win the battle.
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