TALK TO THEM AND
TELL THEM STORIES
Talking to your toddler to prepare them for bedtime can be a downtime to get them to relax and settle down. Engage them by having conversations with them, even if it is not a fully coherent one. Ask them about their dreams, tell them about yourself or even teach them about your family values through stories.
Cuddle with them and the cosiness will make them fall asleep in a jiffy.
Communication fosters a stronger sense of bonding between parents and child, and it is certainly helpful during bedtime as well.
HOW TO ENGAGE YOUR CHILD DURING BED TIME
SETTLE THEM DOWN
WITH AUDIO BOOKS
Try settling them down in bed with audiobooks instead of letting them watch television or content on digital devices. The stimulus from such content may excite young children’s brains, leading to difficulty in falling asleep. In addition, the blue light from digital screens also affects the quality of sleep.
Listening to stories being read aloud helps young children to relax their mind and body, making it easily for them to fall asleep. You can even switch off the lights and get your toddlers to close their eyes while listening to audiobooks
- a bonus for getting them to fall asleep easily.
Tip: Choose audiobooks that have narrators with soothing voices, accompanied by soft background music. Avoid stories that are too adventurous or exciting during bedtime.
After a long day, it is understandable if you do not always have the energy to engage your little ones.
CREATE A ROUTINE
TO WIND DOWN
Some children fall asleep easily drinking a warm cup of milk, some might need a bubble bath and comfy pyjamas or a favourite lullaby. Find the thing that works best for you and your child, stick to it and make it part of your routine in winding down to prepare for bedtime.
After identifying what works the best, stick to it! Sticking to a routine gives young children security and develops the association of the routine to bedtime, helping them to feel sleepy during the right time.
It can be a song, it can be bath time or it can even be a snack. Create something that signifies that it is bedtime for your little one so that they get used to bedtime after that routine.
START A NIGHT-TIME
Help your child process their thoughts by starting a journal to jot down their thoughts! Let your toddler draw or write down their thoughts in a journal to calm themselves down and clear their minds before bedtime. This way, mummies and daddies can also take note if there are any fears or concerns that their child is facing and guide them in managing it.
Some young children may be kept up by fears and face trouble falling asleep. Anxiety and stress can cause nightmares, disrupt the quality of sleep and take a toll on their physical health.