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Friday, 17 July 2020

Help you child stay in bed at night.

Hey readers,

Sometimes we go through difficult times with our children where they struggle with different things happening in their life.

 I have myself experienced with both my boys times when they struggled to settle and go to sleep.

They constantly would keep coming into the living room and saying they could not sleep. It was a blip and we worked through the difficulties.

I tried several different things and thought I would share some techniques that maybe someone else may find useful.





Routine.

Stick to a routine that suits you and your family needs. Kids love the consistency and if they know what is happening they can relax.

It does take time but they will get used to it and it will make it easier for the child to settle down long-term.

Stay calm.

It can be easy to lose your s**t as a parent, it is hard work and very tiring at times, especially when your little darlings try to test you.

 But stay calm, it can help make the situation run smoother without the added tension.

Returning child to bed.

Keep putting them back to bed without any comments just a kiss and cuddle.

 I have been through this settling period a handful of times and they will eventually settle down once they know that they are not getting any benefit from doing it.

Worries.

Sometimes your child may have anxieties or something that they are worried about that is stopping them from sleeping.

Ask them if there is anything that is on their mind and discusses options to help ease the anxiety.

Toilet.

Always make sure they go to the toilet before bed because of any opportunity they can get up for they will believe me, and you.

Blackout blinds.

This is more relevant for the summertime but having blackout blinds are a lifesaver during the lighter months to help keep the room dark for your little ones.

Music.

I have only recently tested out playing relaxing music but both boys respond really well to it.

We put a Bluetooth speaker in the room and have the music in the other room because I wanted an easy life. My children are the sort of kids to mess about at any given opportunity.

Reward charts.

Reward charts should be used short term for best effect to help motivate a child to change their behaviour.

Basically, if you stay in your bed you get a star and put it on a chart. When you collect x amount of stars you will be rewarded positively whether it be going to the park, getting ice cream or magazine.

It can be anything like that to help keep the child motivated. It is a great visual if it is on the wall so they can see where they need to work to.

Cheers for reading X

9 comments :

  1. You're sharing some good and practical points here. Amd it's clear we nees to know our own kids well.

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  2. There was a time when my youngest wouldn't stay in bed despite all of our efforts. The only thing to keep her in bed was letting her watch TV but she still wouldn't sleep. Literally nothing worked, she would just sleep when she wanted and there was no forcing her. She's a stubborn thing so there was many a morning when she was shattered.
    Great advice though. x

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  3. We always went to them, so they didn't come to our bed but now we have a dog that has taken to sneaking into our room in the middle of the night....wonder if these tips will work for her? ;) #KCACOLS

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  4. we used a sound maker thingy that played the sounds of the ocean in her room. Put her right out and as soon as I turned on the speaker form her room to mine it put me right out as well #KCACOLS

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  5. It must be (one of) the worst things to cope with! Thanks fo sharing this with #PoCoLo

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  6. Some useful tips, thanks. My little boy comes into our bed every night - I've kind of given up trying to get him to stop. Figure he will stop one day!! There are a couple of things here we haven't tried so maybe I'll give them a go! #KCACOLS

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  7. My two are usually great sleepers but we've found our youngest is waking more during the summer so I definitely think black out curtains are the way to go! #KCACOLS

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  8. Great tips! We are soon to get my youngest into a good bed routine after co-sleeping and extended breast feeding. My middle child finally slept through when he started reception x x #KCACOLS

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  9. I'm the worst person to offer advice on this as we've co-slept with all of ours & still do! #KCACOLS

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