How to Make Childrens Bedtime the best Twenty Minutes of the Day

Getting kids to bed at night is an issue for many parents and caregivers. The lack of sleep caused by a child who dislikes bedtime is something that affects the entire family and so this is something that needs to be dealt with to help not only the child but the entire family.

First, get a bedtime routine. This routine needs to be followed every night. It lets your child know that it’s time for bed now. It’s time to sleep. There are a number of things you can do to make sure that their sleep will not be disturbed. If your child is afraid of the dark, for instance, try using a night light in their room. Reading a bedtime story as a part of your nightly routine can also be a good idea. Variations on the bedtime story are singing to them, letting them play with a small handheld game for a few minutes or having an audio book for them to listen to.

If your child has a problem with separation from you when it’s bedtime, that is, fear or anxiety about being alone in the room, stay with them for awhile. This can be a lengthy procedure and needs to be carried out very methodically.

To enact this procedure, go through the bedtime routine you have established. When your child is in bed, and the lights are out, sit next to the bed. Stay seated next to the bed until your child is asleep and has been sleeping well for a few minutes. At that time, you can leave your child’s bedside and go about the rest of your evening.

This will need to be repeated for several days. After a few days, however, move away from the bed a little bit. Continue to stay in the room, getting a little farther from the bed every few days. In a few days, you will be right next to the bedroom door as you wait for your child to sleep and a few days later you should be on the outside of the door, still nearby, but no longer in the bedroom

This tactic reassures your child that you are there. You are not leaving, and so helps to alleviate bedtime fears of being left alone.

Other tactics include taking a child who has gotten out of bed back to bed with only the words “It’s time for bed,” and then leaving the room once more, a tactic which works, but may need to be repeated a number of times.

This bedtime training and these routines, again, help assure the child that everything is all right, but also lets the child know that you are not going to waiver on this issue. That bedtime is just that, bedtime. It is time to rest and get ready for the day to come when your child wakes up. These routines should help make your child’s bedtime not only stress-free, but even fun, once your child understands that bedtime is just another part of the day and nothing to be feared.