Restore the Bedtime Routine in Three Easy Steps
It’s the time of year parents look forward to as soon as school closes. Back-to-school not only means a new year with new opportunities, but also a new bunch of excuses why your little ones can’t get to bed on time. We know how exhausting long days at the office are, so getting your children back into a consistent bedtime routine is essential to their health and happiness. Here are three easy steps to bedtime bliss for the little ones and less stress for you:
Ease them back into routine
The best way to do this without there being too much fuss is by starting this step early. A week or so before school starts again, start sending them to bed at least 30 minutes earlier and waking them up earlier as well. This way when the school run starts and you all need to be awake and ready to face the day by 7am, there aren’t any hiccups.
Television and computers are the ideal distraction for when parents need a bit of quiet to get important errands done. But when bedtime rolls around, how often are you fighting with your children to switch off? Screen time can interfere with kids’ sleep patterns because their minds can’t switch off. Power all electronics down at least 30 minutes before bedtime to make sure that your little ones aren’t wired when you tuck them in.
Tip: Another great alternative to TV time is to read a bedtime story to them as they gently drift to sleep. Plus, it’s wonderful family time!
Cut the sugar
This is a no-brainer because sugar has the complete opposite effect on your children at bedtime. You’re hoping for a bedtime routine from a fairy tale, and they’re trying to burn off a sugar high. Stop sugar a few hours before bedtime so that their little bodies have time to work off the energy. Replace sugary snacks with healthier alternatives at night so that there aren’t any sugar-crash tantrums when it’s time to sleep.
There you have it! Bedtime routines don’t have to become a scene from a horror movie, not when you put these steps into practice.