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Updated: Jan 4, 2021


How are you sleeping these days?

Sleep impacts us all and if you are being woken by your children many times in the night, it can leave you feeling emotional and fatigued. According to the sleep foundation, good sleep hygiene is all about putting yourself in the best position to sleep well each and every night. Not always easy when you have children waking you up throughout the night.

However, it is important also that our children sleep well. Sleep plays a crucial part in their wellbeing and development. Research shows that amongst other things it has a direct effect on happiness, it can impact alertness, attention, our children’s mood as well as motor skill development.

A night time routine that the child becomes familiar with might include:

Turning off the television or other technology a good while before bed

Bath time

Calming music and soft talking by the parent or care giver

Pyjamas and tooth brushing

Story time with the light down low

Saying goodnight to your child and toy such as a teddy

Lights off

Other things that could help your family sleep are:

Try and make sure your child has some fresh air outside each day

Keeping a regular bedtime

Providing a healthy diet, avoiding caffeine and sugary treats and snacks particularly near bed time

Using blackout curtains

Making the bedroom a no screen zone even in the day

Helping your child to develop good sleep routines is something that could help your child for a lifetime. In addition, if your child know these are the rules of bedtimes early on in life, the arguments may be reduced as they grow up and want to stay up later and later.

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Amy Brem
Amy Brem
Dec 06, 2020

Great post. We’ve always had a strict routine with my 4 year old daughter and we do our best to maintain it, even when away. My little boy has just turned 3 months and we are now trying to introduce a routine with him too!

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