It’s not easy to make your child get uninterrupted sleep at night, that’s for sure. The task is critical, but you can make it through successfully if you avoid some mistakes.
Mistake #1: Allowing your child to stay up late
- You may allow your children stay up late at night because you work during the day and have no time to pay them the attention they need then, so you try to compensate during the night.
- You may allow them to sleep by themselves when they’re sleepy enough, forgetting that they will only do it late at night.
- You can face this by enforcing a specific sleep schedule for your child. In this case, you don’t need to wait till they start yawning or rubbing their eyes to send them to bed. Instead, you say it strictly at the same hour every single day: “It’s time for bed”.
Mistake #2: Establish a certain sleep routine
- You can’t take your child out to help them fall asleep more easily every single day.
- The solution: Establish a certain routine, but make sure it is easily applicable, such as reading a story.
Mistake #3: Uncomfortable sleeping setting
- Do you leave electronic devices that make loud noises or emit a strong light in your child’s room? If so, try getting these devices out of the room, as they disturb and prevent your child form falling asleep.
- The solution: Don’t worry if your child sleeps in a semi-dark room. You can leave a faint light on and let them enjoy listening to soft music to isolate their room from its surroundings.
Mistake #4: Irregularity
- If you break your children’s sleep pattern once, they will most probably get used to breaking it. So don’t allow them, for example, to start their night sleeping by your side.
- The solution: If your child throws a fit when you don’t let them sleep in your bed, try to help them break this habit gradually. You can, for example, sit next to them at their bedtime, and in few days, you can settle for staying at the door till they get used to falling asleep by themselves.
Mistake #5: Transitioning to a big-kid bed too early
- If you transition your child from a crib to a bed before the age of three, they may suffer from sleeping disorders. This is because they might feel worried about staying within the bed’s boundaries or feel like they might fall off their bed.