6 Ways to help Your Child Cultivate Good Sleeping Habits!
Sleeping is an extremely important activity for children below 6 years old as their sleep quality directly affects growth and development. However, a baby’s sleep time is not fixed and they are also easily roused at night, often costing parents their sleep too. What can we as parents do about it? Developing good sleep habits is the key to ensuring good sleep quality. Here are 6 strategies for all you KendaParents out there!
Having a Fixed Dinner Time
The best time for dinner is 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm. After the meal, your little one can play for 1 to 2 hours and start preparing for bed at 7.30 pm. Your child should go to bed by 8 pm. Good work and play schedules are also very helpful for the baby to adapt to kindergarten life later on.
Avoid Too Much Excitement Right Before Bedtime
After eating dinner, it is better to select a quieter activity to do with your child. Good examples include reading books, drawing, listening to music, storytelling, playing with woodblocks etc. Do avoid physically strenuous activities or watching scary movies right before bed time.
Creating a Good Sleeping Environment
1. Fresh air and a moderate temperature
2. A quiet and dim room
3. Give your child their own bed instead of sleeping together on his/her parents’ bed. An adult tossing and turning will disrupt the child’s sleep
4. Use nappy pads as they not only hold more urine, they are also easier to replace than diapers. Replacing diapers are going to rouse your little ones from their sleep much more easily
Introducing Bedtime Routines
Before your baby sleeps, it is best to introduce a bedtime routine, the routine should be based on and can be adjusted to your own child’s preferences.
1. Turning on a white-noise machine/app
2. Story Telling
3. Gently massaging your infant
Do Your Prep Work
Let your child form a sense of time and be conscious of when they need to go to bed. For children from 1 to 2 years of age, you can try these tips:
1. While your children are keeping their toys, you can prep them for sleep time by saying “We have played for a long period of time, the toys are also tired and we should let them rest too.”
2. Bathing and brushing their teeth before bedtime to develop a link between the action of cleaning up and going to bed. In the long run, whenever you do the action of brushing your teeth, your child will understand that it is time for them to wash up and head to bed.
Protecting Your Sleeping Child
It is best not to leave your child immediately after they have fallen asleep, especially so for children below the age 3 years as they require a sense of security. Do tell your child before he/she sleeps that you will be right beside them even after they have fallen asleep. During the night, if your baby tosses and turn or cries a little, it is perfectly normal and not a huge problem. Thus, there is no need to worry unnecessarily or wake the baby up, as it will be more difficult for them to go back to bed once awaken.
We hope this guide helps your little one sleep well and grow better!
Kendamil Singapore Team