One of the parenting difficulties I have been having is getting my youngest ones to go to bed without a battle. After a long day of trying to make ends meet, tucking your baby to sleep so that you can also rest and unwind is one thing that you really look forward to. However, this does not always happen and most parents find themselves being engaged in bedtime battles with their kids as they try to put them to sleep which is very frustrating and tiring. After being frustrated by such battles for a long time, I decided to look for tips to end the bedtime fights and I am happy because I conquered at last.
Here are some of those tips:
Start with the harder routines first
Immediately the kids are done with their dinner, let them start doing the harder routine practices that prepare them for bed. Such routines include brushing their teeth, taking a shower and putting off their sleeping attire. Doing those routines early enough gives the kids enough time to enjoy their pre-bedtime fun activities and you and also helps them to start preparing psychologically for their bedtime.
Read a storybook together
Take your kids to a library and allow them to choose and explore new storybooks that excite them. Allowing them to choose the books themselves but of course, with a little bit of your guidance will excite them and they will look forward to reading them before their bedtime. When it is time to put the kid to bed, cuddle together in bed as you read their preferred stories. Once you are done with a particular books return them to the library and allow the kid to choose others.
Give them choices
Giving your kids some choices to choose from makes them feel that they have a role to play towards putting them to bed. Instead of imposing to kids on what they should do first, allow them to choose but give them the consequences of their choices so that you can still have some control over their choices.
Keep the lights dim
While a lot of lighting can disrupt your kids’ natural sleeping patterns, dim light stimulates the brain to produce melatonin, the hormone that is responsible for sleep. After the kids are done with their dinner allow them to take a hot shower and dim the bathroom lights and kip the lights of their bedrooms down too as they dress up for sleep. This helps them to relax and feel sleepy quickly.
When the kids are done with their pre-bedtime rituals, occasionally treat them by involving them in watching a TV show or a movie. Dim the lights and keep the volume down to create a relaxing and quiet atmosphere. Doing this while you have snuggled up together makes the kid fall into sleep without any battles
Play for them some soft soothing music
By doing this, you will be creating a good atmosphere for sleeping. You can allow the kids to choose their preferred music but ensure that it plays at a very low volume. You can sing along with the kid or read to them their favorite bedtime story.