Sleep is a key factor in order for a child’s physical and mental development to occur successfully. Sometimes it will be a very tiresome task for parents to give kids a comfortable sleep. Likewise, parents’ unbeknownst mistakes can also be a hindrance to a child’s comfortable sleep. It is vital that adults take the responsibility of avoiding such mistakes.
For instance, mobile phones are used extensively to put children to sleep; through these devices what happens is that the child loses the need to sleep. That’s due to the colors on the mobile phone’s screen stimulate the child. Likewise, a child loses the need to sleep by toys hung around the bed or cradle that are colorful and light up. A quiet and softly lit place will get the child’s whole attention on sleeping.
“Son, wake up, it’s day time now”, even though you call out in this way many times, most children may stay as if they didn’t hear it. This may be because the child has not had a comfortable sleep or he might be trying to get your attention.
Some parents put children who are even around two years of age to sleep alone in a bed. Children at that age may not have the self-control required to sleep alone. The appropriate age to train a child to sleep from the cradle to the bed is considered as age three and above. Little children do not like to sleep away from the comfort and safety of their parents, especially if the child is too young. Likewise, if they get scared for some reason the sleep they get away from their parents will not be a comfortable one. You should understand that a child who does not get a comfortable sleep will not face the next day happily.
Here are a few tips to increase the quality of your child’s sleep:
- Give an appropriate meal for dinner (that is in a way the child does not get the need to eat till breakfast next morning)
- Ask your child about brushing teeth before bed and going to the toilet and get those done
- Prepare the little one to sleep in a comfortable nightdress
- Do something that calms the little one’s mind before going to sleep at night, such as telling a nice story or singing a song
- Remove anything that makes a lot of noise from the little ones surrounding. Create an environment that is quiet, calm and safe for your child to sleep
- Put away television, computer games, and other devices before sleep
- Refrain from putting your child to sleep alone if they are afraid to sleep without you
- Talk to the little one before going to sleep, “good night baby, mommy loves you a lot”; sentences like these would create mental happiness for your little one
If the child calls out for you as they wake up from their sleep, definitely go to them. They may be calling out for you for your attention or they may be needing help. Similarly, pay attention to the duration of your child’s sleep. Get them accustomed to a particular time for their sleep. After it becomes a habit the child will automatically get used to it. Following the above tips may help in getting your child active and ready to start the day after a comfortable night’s sleep.