Posted by Admin Dino, February 18, 2013
Bedtime discipline becomes a more integral part of a child's routine when they start going to school. A predictable, calming bedtime routine is often the key to a good night's sleep. A bedtime routine can comprise of many mini routines. Giving your child a warm bath can be one of them. Brushing their teeth in the night or telling them a fun story while tucking them into the bed. If your child would like to talk to you about his/her day that can also be a good way to wind down. It is very essential that the rest of the family members are also winding down otherwise the child feels that he will miss out something. Switching off the Television and Computer at this point of time is advisable.
Here comes the difficult part. Putting them to bed with their favorite toy or blanket and encouraging them to sleep on their own. If your child is afraid of darkness then a keep a night lamp on in the room. Tell your toddler that you will be checking on him/her every 5 minutes. You might find them coming out of the room to call you initially, but be persistent and take them back to them room and help them settle down again. Try to resist the urge to get into bed with them to soothe them. If you are consistent with your bedtime routine soon you will have a happy kid giving you a good night kiss and going to sleep all by himself/herself.