Time to sleep: bedtime routines
They love having mom and dad’s undivided attention. A bedtime routine reassures your child of your affection and attention. While the activity does not matter – a family toothbrush party, reading a story under the blankets by torch-light or singing everything you say – it is important that you stick to a similar day-to-day routine, so your child knows the drill.
Bedtime routines go a long way in stimulating your child’s language skills and cognitive functions, and at the same time helps kids fall asleep or wake up more easily. It strengthens the bond between you, builds emotions and increases their happiness.
Did you know that research shows that doing the same activities, in the same order, at the same time every day and night, will help your little one fall asleep more easily, wake up less during the night, and sleep for longer! It is as “simple” as that.
Here’s a bedtime checklist to make their life easier (and yours too):
- Start your bedtime routine before your child gets overtired, fussy or cranky. It will be harder to get them to sleep if they are irritable.
- Gradually adapt your bedtime routine as they grow older, for example, reading a bedtime story instead of singing a lullaby.
- Avoid electronic devices in the bedroom. They could be distracting. Your child will relax so much better at the sound of your voice and you can enjoy the quiet, quality time together.
Remember everything starts in the tummy…when they feel right, they can enjoy growing up happy!