How to develop good sleeping habits in children

Kirsten H By Kirsten H, 4th Nov 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/lr991i95/
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If you are battling every night to get your child to bed there is no need. Take these few tips and your family will all be in a better mood

Sleeping habits

To create good sleeping habits for your child requires diligence. Parents teach a child how to: dress, use the bathroom and talk. Teaching your child how to sleep is just as important. A child that does not have a good sleep pattern will have a tendency to be cranky and bad-tempered.

Routine

To create good sleep habits for your child, a routine is a necessity. A parent can start the routine from the day the baby is born. While the baby will not understand immediately what the routine entails, the habit will be engrained into the daily schedule for both the parent and child. However it is never too late to start a routine. Decide what is best for your family when starting a routine. An example before bedtime start with a bath, read a book than put the child to bed. Each night stick to this routine and be strict from altering the nighttime routine. Your child will quickly learn the routine means it is time for bed.

Put the child to bed at the same time

Each night you want to start the routine and have the child in bed the same time each night. If you start changing the time you put a child to bed every night it will mess with a good sleep schedule. Each child is different, finding the right time for bed will be a bit of a challenge. Watch your child for cues when he or she is tired: rubbing of the eyes, irritable behavior or yawning.

Be strict

Many children will object to the bedtime routine, especially when you are first starting. It is important to stick to the schedule and not allow the child to talk their way out of it. Children may get out of bed and walk downstairs. Instead of allowing them to sit with you for awhile longer, put them right back to bed. If the child says he or she is thirsty do not get them anything to drink. Children will think of many excuses to stop the bedtime routine. As a parent it is your job to teach them a proper bedtime routine.

Summary

Once your child has good sleep habits it will create a happier environment for the entire family. There will not be the nighttime fights during bedtime. Also your child’s demeanor will be much happier with a full night’s sleep. Figure out a routine and schedule and stick to it, and you will have a child that goes right to bed in no time.

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Children, Habits, Routine, Sleep, Sleeping Time

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author avatar Kirsten H
I am a freelance writer who has written for local magazines and am expanding my portfolio to the web. I enjoy putting my thoughts on paper, or computer nowadays!

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
4th Nov 2010 (#)

some people do not want to be strict, but if you are not strict about certain things it is much harder on everyone in the long run.
excellent parenting info.

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author avatar Kirsten H
4th Nov 2010 (#)

Thanks Mark! You have to choose your battles. This one I chose. I like having time for hubby and me after the kids go to sleep!

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author avatar Melissa Dawn
6th Nov 2010 (#)

Very well written. Thanks Kirsten.

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author avatar Denise O
17th Nov 2010 (#)

Exactly right Kirsten, you choose your battles, I could not agree more.
I also believe kids need structure and they NEED parents to guide them.
Good work!
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Abdul Rahim Hasan
3rd Dec 2010 (#)

I forwarded your article to a friend of mine who has the problem. Hope it helps. Thanks for some lovely tips.

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author avatar Katrina
29th Dec 2010 (#)

Good writeup. Thanks Kirsten.

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