Is your child finding it difficult to sleep? Are they waking up often at night? Don’t worry. That doesn’t mean they’re suffering from something dangerous. The reason might be health-related or due to their desire to get your attention. However, for every problem, there’s a solution, and you can help them sleep by following these smart steps.
Regulate Their Sleep
Of course you want your child to sleep well at night. It’s up to you to implement a group of steps to calm them and make them feel safe.
- They should relax at this time, so have them enjoy a warm bath.
- Follow a daily sleep routine. For example, after bathing, tell them a story, have them listen to soft music or make do with a goodnight kiss.
- Do this calmly; if it’s rushed, your child will be stressed.
- In the case that they want to listen to more than one story, specify your rules: “I will read you just two stories”. Tell them this and commit to your word, even if they try to make you break it.
- Before reading the last story, whisper to them “This is the last story I’ll read to you”, and turn off the light as soon as you are done, wishing them good night with a kiss.
- And to ensure that they don’t wake up at night, take your precautions. Make sure that they’re not hungry and that they have gone to the toilet before going to bed.
Help Them Sleep
Does your child refuse to sleep? It may be because they’re afraid of being separated from you, or of the dark. So what to do?
- It’s simple. Give them something they love, like their favourite toy.
- Stir up their imagination. Tell them, for example, that you have a magic wand that can protect them.
- Why not? Put a dimly-lit lamp at one corner of the room or outside it. That will make them feel comfortable.
- Don’t belittle their feelings. Listen to them and let them express their fears frankly. Tell them that you believe in their ability to overcome them.
Our Advice to You
If your child can’t sleep at night, an afternoon nap may be the culprit. Try the steps above, and if they don’t help with sleep, try to gradually shorten the time of the nap, or keep it at least four hours before bedtime.