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Just the utterance of certain rites of passage like tips to navigate bedtime with kids can, in many cases, strike fear in the hearts of parents. If you are reading this and nodding your head in agreement- you are not alone. Getting your baby, toddler or big kid settled into a bedtime routine is not for the faint of heart. In fact after 16 years of doing this parenting thing it continues to be a work in progress, a night-by-night adventure, or disaster, depending on your perspective. Each night we play musical beds and nine out of 10 times wind up four across in our queen sized-bed.
So while I certainly don’t have all the answers, I do have some tips and tricks to make bedtime challenges a lot less CHALLENGING and to help baby (and yes even your big kids) sleep better! And the best part- I’m giving away one a NECTAR Mattress and two pillows to one lucky reader!
#1 Follow a consistent bedtime routine:
Step 1: Bathtime. A bedtime routine that includes a warm bath helps baby know it’s time to sleep. Research has shown babies bathed with a fragranced bath product spent nearly 25% less time crying before sleep, compared to those bathed with a non-fragranced product.
Step 2: Massage: A massage as part of a bedtime routine can help baby sleep better. JOHNSON’S® BEDTIME® baby lotions also feature NaturalCalmTM aromas designed to help soothe baby and hydrating emollients that leave skin feeling soft and smooth. Familiar and pleasant scents can make baby feel happy and relaxed well-being by enhancing baby’s mood and emotions.
Step 3: Quiet Time activities such as reading, singing or listening to music allow baby to unwind.
- The bedroom should be cool, dark and tech free
- Children should not drink caffeine
- Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day
- Limit light exposure late in the day (including light from tech)
Of course once a child gets a big-kid bed and can come and go as she pleases, it sets up a miserable situation for the parents. Suddenly the child has a lot of power and isn’t afraid to use it. The trick is to nip any bad behavior in the bud. If you let your child crawl in your bed at night just once, it’ll set years of this behavior and will take a lot of inner strength to resolve. Find out what your daughter’s afraid of: Monsters? Falling out of bed? Or just afraid to fall asleep if you’re not there?It may be the bed itself. Try putting her old crib mattress on the floor for a while since it’s smaller and something she might feel more secure sleeping in. Or GET A NEW MATTRESS like the NECTAR Mattress which is one of the top online memory foam mattresses available to consumers searching for a better night’s sleep. The mattress is made with five layers that offer cooling technology, comfort and support. The mattresses range from $500 (twin) to $900 (California King) and arrive conveniently in the mail, via an easy to open bag. And how fun and exciting will it be for your little one to UNBOX her mattress?!
“We’re constantly looking for ways to improve our product and wanted to get a better understanding of how consumers are spending their night,” said NECTAR CEO Craig Schmeizer. “We’re dedicated to making sure people are getting the most comfortable night possible and realized better understanding their tendencies will allow us to perfect our mattresses. Not getting enough sleep will lower performance at work, cause weight gain and has also been linked to a diminished sex drive.” For more information on NECTAR, please visit nectarsleep.com. Mattresses come in all sizes and include two free pillows.
Use your baby-monitor so that the speaker half is in her room and the microphone is in yours. If you hear your daughter cry at night, you can stay in your cozy bed, while you tell her you love her and that she needs to go to sleep.
Take baby steps with your daughter. Put her to bed with your usual bedtime routine, and then tell her you’ll be back in five minutes to check on her. Just knowing you’ll be right back may soothe her enough to let you leave without a fuss. Next time make it 10. Then 15. After a few days of knowing that you’re there, she’ll hopefully be able to fall asleep on her own.
Remember when babies and kids sleep better, parents sleep better, too. And the best part? We are giving one lucky reader a chance to win a NECTAR Mattress and two pillows You must Follow The Staten Island Family on Facebook and leave a comment that you did so. For another chance to win you must FOLLOW @melissaSChapman on Twitter, TWEET this giveaway and leave a comment here that you did so. For another entry you can subscribe to our YOU TUBE CHANNEL and leave a comment here that you did so. For another entry you can Follow MelissaSChapman on Instagram and leave a comment here that you did so! For Another entry you can follow MelissaSChapman on Pinterest . And for another Entry you can subscribe to our newsletter and leave a comment here that you did so! GOOD LUCK giveaway ends November 25th!