Are you looking for ways to help your kid sleep through the night? You probably feel beyond exhausted, especially if this is an issue that has been going on for a while.
Maybe you are like many parents who wonder how other children seemingly sleep all night long and go to bed without any issue. Often times it seems like these children will even sleep in late. Meanwhile, you are going inwardly going insane because not only does your little one not want to go to sleep but he or she won’t stay asleep. So, for all of the parents out there struggling with little feet kicking them in the face at two in the morning, don’t despair! There are some easy steps that you can take to help your kid sleep through the night which hopefully translates to some tips for helping you sleep through the night as well.
8 Tips To Help Your Kid Sleep Through The Night
The following tips are ways that my family has found success in helping our kids sleep through the night. In order for me to remain a happy, calm, and peaceful mommy who likes to have fun then it’s important that I get enough sleep at night. As a mom of two young kids close in age, this hasn’t always been the case. There have been many nights in my own life that I was awake with one child only to have that one fall asleep and the other child wake up. It doesn’t take long for that to wear a person down. That’s why I’m sharing the tips that I’ve found to be useful with you. I don’t want you to feel worn down and ultimately frustrated. Not only that, but it’s vital to the healthy development of your child that they also receive the proper amount of sleep needed.
1. Diffuse Nighty Night by Plant Therapy
This first tip is one that we have seen the most success with. My son was having a difficult time sleeping at night and I had recently bought a diffuser to keep in the living room. It was bought only with the intention of helping the house smell clean. I do tricky things like that to make me feel better about my housecleaning skills. Anyways, I brought the diffuser upstairs to his room and starting using an oil that was gifted to me. I can not express to you how amazing the results were with this. Now, I know that each child is different. This did not work with my daughter, however, it worked like a wonder with my son.
2. Monster Away
My daughter has a wild imagination and thanks to the Monster Inc movie she also has a monster living in her closet. Anyone out there relate? Well, the diffuser didn’t work for her but this monster away trick by Happy Hooligans did. Each night my husband goes into her room and drives the monsters out. The best part is that each and every single night it works for her.
3. Limit All Drinks To An Hour Before Bed
When my children were first born my husband’s grandmother gave me the best advice ever. She suggested that I limit all of their drinks to an hour before bed time. My children have never once wet the bed and therefore have never once woken up in the middle of the night because of wet sheets. Of course if your child is used to going to bed with a drink this could be a difficult habit to break. Yet, if they are waking up because they need to go potty or because they have had an accident it might be a wise battle to embrace.
4. Cut Back On Screen Time
Overstimulating the brain before bed can cause anyone to have difficulty sleeping. Consider cutting back on the screen time a bit if your little one is having trouble sleeping.
5. Warm Bath In The Evening
A nice warm bath in the evening can help calm down a child who would other wise be too “worked up” to even think about sleeping. Consider using a bed time specific bath wash.
6. Establish A Routine Kids Can Easily Pick Up On
You may think you have a routine down pat but if it deviates from day to day then it may be difficult for your little one to understand. That’s not to say that you will need to stop going to church or baseball practice, just alter each evening a bit. Help kids understand that there is a certain order of things before bed time. For example you may choose to may this routine as simple as brushing teeth, reading a book, saying a prayer and then going to bed. Verbally establish this routine for your little one as well to help them make the connection.
7. Dim The Lights Through Out The Entire House
Too much screen time isn’t the only thing that can cause a child to become overly stimulated in the evening. Loud sounds, bright noises and general chaos plays a major role into keeping a child awake at night. You could either dim the lights before putting your little ones to bed or you could do this after. However, it’s important to keep the lights dim instead of turning them back on.
8. Use Lavender Oil On Their Comfort Items
My little ones go to bed each night with stuffed animals. Do yours? Maybe they have a special blanket or pillow that they adore. If your little one has difficulty falling asleep putting a few drops of lavender oil onto their favorite items may be all that is needed to a peaceful sleep.