How to Help Your Child Get a Better Night’s Sleep

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Are you looking for ways on how to help your child get a better night's sleep? If so, keep reading for five fantastic tips! #parenting #sleephealth

Are you looking for ways on how to help your child get a better night’s sleep? If so, keep reading for five fantastic tips!

How to Help Your Child Get a Better Night’s Sleep

Sleep plays a crucial role in every child’s development. Unfortunately, some kids just sleep better than others. If you haven’t been blessed with a ‘good sleeper’ and your little one continues to wake up multiple times a night, you might be looking for advice in terms of how to help them (and you) get a good night’s sleep. Here are some tips.

Are you looking for ways on how to help your child get a better night's sleep? If so, keep reading for five fantastic tips! #parenting #sleephealth

Set up a bedtime routine

As all parents know, children thrive on routine. So, if you haven’t already, now is the right time to set up a consistent routine for bedtime. It doesn’t have to include anything elaborate. Just ensure that you and your child do the same things at the same time every night before it is time to go to sleep. A steamy, relaxing bath followed by a cup of warm milk and their favorite bedtime story are all great ideas.

You will also need to make sure that they are going to bed at a reasonable hour based on their age. Toddlers up to the age of three should go down for the night at around 7:00 pm, children between the ages of three and six should go down no later than 7:30 pm, and kids up to the age of 12 should be tucked in by 8 pm.

Are you looking for ways on how to help your child get a better night's sleep? If so, keep reading for five fantastic tips! #parenting #sleephealth

Engage in calming activities

All screens need to be off at least an hour before your child is due to sleep. The blue light emitted from various devices stimulates the brain and can make it more challenging to drift off. Engage in more calming activities instead, such as telling each other stories, singing songs, or building puzzles.

Be careful with naps

Try to get your child down for their nap by no later than 11:30 am and ensure that it only lasts around one hour. If your child is still napping during the day despite being over the age of five, limit their naps to approximately 30 minutes if you can.

Make sure their bedroom is comfortable

You need to ensure that your child’s bedroom environment is conducive to sleep. Therefore, it is essential to limit noise, light, and to keep the temperature cool. If you live on a noisy street or have inconsiderate neighbors, a white noise machine or a white noise app can make all the difference when it comes to keeping your child in dreamland for longer.

Have you double-checked that their mattress is supportive and comfortable enough, too? Most kids sleep better on a firmer surface. If you’re keen to go the eco-friendly route and limit exposure to harmful chemicals, there are several mattresses and furniture manufacturers who specialize in sustainable materials and ‘green’ mattresses. Birch by Helix is an excellent example of a mattress company that focuses on sustainable materials used for furniture.

Spend more time outside

A lack of sunshine not only means reduced Vitamin D, but it can also mean negative consequences for your child’s sleep-wake cycle. Encourage them to head outdoors for at least an hour or two every day. They will get a good dose of sunlight and enjoy some exercise, which can make it easier for them to drift off at bedtime.

Here’s to improved sleep for the child and for mom and dad, too!

How to Help Your Child Get a Better Night’s Sleep

These five tips on how to help your child get a better night’s sleep will have both you and your child sounds asleep in no time! If you loved these great tips, make sure to subscribe to our email list below and check out our parenting advice section!

By TheMomKind

Alicia Trautwein is an Autism advocate, writer, motivational speaker, and dedicated mom of four. Alicia’s desire to advocate for Autism comes from her own autism diagnosis and that of her three children, niece, and brother. Her life’s mission is to educate on autism acceptance and change the world for future generations of autistic individuals.

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