When it comes to toddlers, sleep isn’t usually at the top of their list for most loved activity. Many parents find it difficult at times to get their kids asleep at bedtime. Although kids require many more hours of sleep than your average adult does, they still will fight it off with everything they’ve got. However, this is not only stressful at bedtime for the parents, but it can cause lack of sleep for your child which can lead to a cranky household. So what can you do to get a more peaceful bedtime experience? Keep scrolling for 5 Natural Ways To Help Your Toddler Fall Asleep.
Set a Routine
Create a bedtime routine so that the child can have a more structured night that prepares them for going to sleep. The bedtime routine for your kids should be a winding down one such as brushing their teeth, reading as story, and letting them pick out their own pjs. Believe it or not, kids thrive on structure and routines, this will help your toddler know that sleep will come soon after.
Just like you enjoy a relaxing bath at the end of your day, it can also be equally relaxing for your young child as well. Try adding in some lavender in their bath which will help them relax even more. Attempt for a toy-free bath, instead focus more on just relaxing and winding down. Give your kid a scalp massage while conditioning to also help them become more relaxed.
After their warm relaxing bath, take your favorite bedtime lotion and give your kids a little relaxing massage. Rub their feet, back and hands for 10-15 minutes while they lay back and enjoy being pampered before bed. A massage will help your little one become less stressed about going to bed and more ready for some Zzz’s.
TV’s, laptops, cell phones, tablets, exc should all be unreachable at least an hour before bed. Watching cartoons before bed or playing games can keep your kids awake and hyper for hours. It is never a good idea to allow a television to play while attempting to put your children to sleep. If it is light your toddler needs, try a dim nightlight, and if it is sound they want, try some relaxing waterfall sounds to play to help them fall asleep in a more relaxing setting.
Avoid Sugary Foods and Drinks
Avoiding sugary foods and soda as much as possible when it comes to children is a good idea. However, if you allow your child to indulge on a soda or a sugary snack sometimes, try to avoid doing so at least 2-3 hours before bedtime. Caffeine and sugar are stimulants and will only make it more difficult for your child to get the proper sleep their little body needs. If your child says they are thirsty or hungry before bed (always happens in my household) give them a small glass of water, warm milk, a few crackers or a piece of fruit instead.