Tips on getting the Kids to Bed

For some time it was difficult getting my son to go to sleep. Every time my husband or I would put him to bed he would cry for what seemed like hours. I felt like crying and some times I did. I felt like a horrible parent by letting my baby scream at the top of his lungs until he exhausted himself. Developing a routine helped us all. Parker went to bed with ease and we, the parents, felt much better knowing that our son wasn’t stressed at bed time.

First, we give him a bath. It feels good to lay in bed with that fresh clean feeling. Also, a hot bath is relaxing for everybody. Let your son and/or daughter soak in the tub for a short while. Afterward, lotion baby, comb the hair, and dress him/her appropriately. If you like to keep the house cool at night like I do, dress baby in long pajamas, t-shirt, and socks. As parents, we know that little ones tend to kick the blankets off, so be sure that when they do they will still be comfortable. I hate sleeping with wet hair. Let they’re hair dry before putting them to bed as well.

Next, I let my son know that it is time to go “night-night”. He kicks and screams and asks for Daddy. It may seem like it’s going to be another long night at first, but I tell him to turn off his light. He does, and I start singing “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”. I only sing it just before I put him in his bed. My son is only two so I am able to hold him while I do this. Once I start singing he instantly wraps his tiny arms around my neck. This is the most wonderful feeling in the world! When the song is over I cradle him, and we say our prayers. At the end of the prayer I kiss him and tell him how much I love him, lay him in his bed, cover him with his “blankick” (blanket), and give him his two favorite stuffed animals, Papa (a stuffed Santa Clause) and Puppy. I say “goodnight” and kiss him one, ok it’s more like two or three times, and shut the door.

Finally, I am able to sleep knowing that my baby isn’t lying in bed bawling or hating me for leaving him. At the end of a long day, isn’t that a great feeling?