With three Cuddles Childcare Centre locations in the Perth area, we have seen plenty of children who seem tired more often than not. While it isn’t always the case, many kids are tired because they don’t have good sleeping habits. Even the most attentive parents with the best of intentions can often use a little bit of help in getting their children to sleep well.
Here are some tips for getting a child’s sleeping habits on track.
Regular Sleep Times
This is important. You should establish a regular bedtime and wake your child up at the same time each day. If you want to allow your child to stay up later and “sleep in” on weekends, make sure the weekend times don’t deviate more than two hours from the weekday sleep schedule.
Regular sleep times can help a child develop their “body clock” and set up a lifetime of good sleep habits.
No Naps for Older Kids
While this isn’t relevant to the age group to whom we provide care, it is important. Children over five years old don’t need naps. In fact, naps can make it more difficult for them to fall asleep at night. This can wreak havoc on a sleep schedule.
You want to help your child “wind down” before bedtime. This can start with a bath, followed by relaxation such as telling a younger child a story. If you want to teach your child how to breathe for relaxation, it can help wind the body down, too. Ideally, your child will seamlessly transition from relaxation into sleep.
The bedroom should be a place where your child feels safe. In addition, light and noise should be at a minimum. These factors will promote relaxation.
Avoid Caffeine and Sugar Drinks at Night
Don’t let your child drink soda or any drink with caffeine or sugar after dinner.
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