What if you have to wake up suddenly in the midnight and play with your kid? Sometimes, you are trying to make your kid fall asleep but he/she is not responding to you. He/she wants to play with you in the midnight waking up. Perhaps, this habit has been developed for months and you did not notice. If it continues several nights with you, you may feel tired and get bored and at the same time, you may be anxious about your child.
Not only a kid but also an adult may have sleep problems. It results in sleepiness, ill-temper and much more if sufficient sleep cannot be ensured. So, to avoid these types of unwanted sleep problems, you have to be aware from the very beginning. A kid’s mental as well as physical growth also depends on the adequate duration of sleep. Sleep duration may vary from person to person and age to age. Another thing you have to consider that all babies in the world are different from one another.
However, when your kid wakes up in the midnight and keeps you up with him/her, you can apply several techniques and develop good habits to solve the problems. A sleep-deprived kid is more irritable and shows behavioral changes, has trouble concentrating and sometimes, gets overweight. As a result, he/she cannot concentrate on his/her studies as well. He/she may sleep while reading in his/her reading room that is awful for any parents indeed. But as a parent, you have to ensure his/her enough sleep time for the entire welfare of the kid.
This may be hard and time-consuming work for parents to assist your baby get as much sleep as he/she needs to grow up normally. But as ideal parents, you have to assist your baby because he/she deserves it from you. You should maintain a strict routine for whole family’s bedtime as well as the wake-up time that help your kid follow. When your child continues to follow the same bedtime and wake-up time daily, it helps him/her fall asleep at a certain time and get a restful night’s sleep.
You can also make your kid perform some bedtime rituals which play an important role in his/her sound sleep. When your baby passes several nights following the routine you fixed to follow, a good habit will develop in him/her to go to bed at the same time every night.
Here are 14 proven ways to make your kid fall asleep
Stick to a regular routine
It is one of the most important tips for your baby to follow. Make sure your whole family maintains the same routine because your kid will learn from the family members. Persuade your baby that as all family members follow a regular go-to-bed and wake-up time, so do you. Stick to the routine even on weekends. Tell him/her about the benefits of sound sleep. Also, illustrate the bad sides of insufficient sleep at night.
Try to make him/her do all the necessary tasks before going to bed like brushing, going toilet, putting on night dress and so on. Also, give him/her a warning message that you have only 5-10 minutes to go to bed. You can also say to your baby that he/she will get a prize (reward) if he/she goes to bed at the fixed time every day even at the weekend. It helps to do the scheduled task cheerfully because babies like to get prizes.
Also, maintain a schedule for wake-up time. If he/she does not go to bed according to the schedule, they may not be able to wake up accordingly. Besides, some kids wake up at the scheduled time though they go to bed late. It interrupts their sleeping cycle which is really alarming. Without sleeping enough at night, a baby may not go well through the whole day coming next.
Foods before bedtime
A full stomach can obstruct your baby’s sweet sleep at night. So, it is better for you to serve him/her with a light snack before bedtime. It is true that kids need more meals than we need. So, supply them much food as they need for their better physical and mental growth. A small snack helps them sleep better at night than a heavy meal. You may offer milk with cereal, a piece of fruits and so forth just before going to bed for sleeping. Otherwise, some foods can help you baby fall asleep faster.
One of the most important aspects of a restful sleep at night is the environment of the bedroom where your lovely baby sleeps. Keep the room quiet and dark. You can use a small nightlight. This is because heavy light during sleeping hinders to increase melatonin, a chemical substance that helps you sleep faster and maintain sleep cycle.
Keep the bedroom cool and fresh
The bedroom where your baby sleeps should keep cool because it works better for everyone to sleep well other than a room with hot temperature. Also, make sure that the room is not too cold for your baby. You kid may catch a cold if the bedroom is cooler than needed. Covers may use if your baby does not kick them off or dress your baby before going to sleep. Freshness is another aspect of a bedroom as we use it for sleeping which rejuvenates our body to work for the next day.
Don’t let your kid read scary story books
It is said that what we imagine all day long and try to solve any riddle, we dream them during sleeping at night. Scary story books are not suitable for your kids to read out especially before going to bed. Reading book is a good habit too. Sometimes, your baby reads storybooks lying on the bed. This is a good habit of course. But make sure your baby does not read scary story, thriller type books as they have a bad impact on a kid’s sleeping. Instead, you may allow them to read good books which have moral values and fun as well.
Turn off the TV before bedtime
Kids are fond of watching TV especially, cartoon and animals. You should turn your TV off at least 2 hours before bedtime. You baby may insist you that he/she wants to watch the running program more time but you need to tackle your kid tactically and turn it off. Otherwise, watching TV may result in keeping your kid awake more than 1-2 hours that is totally harmful to your kid.
Avoid telling stories or singing while sleeping
If you tell stories or sing while your kid is going to sleep, this habit will develop and continue for a long time. As a result, when your kid wakes up in the midnight suddenly, he/she will want to hear stories or songs because this habit has already been developed. So, try to avoid the habit of developing for your baby.
Keep the bedroom soundless
All babies are not the same. Everyone is different from one another. A baby may sleep in a noisy place whether other may not sleep because of a slight sound. When someone slams the door and it creates sound, your baby may wake up. On the other hand, at night, some creatures like a fox, dog make a horrible sound and they disturb your kid’s sleeping.
An electric fan may assist you in this situation. Turn on a fan and it will drown out these sounds coming from outside. Try this to help your baby fall asleep.
But keep one thing in mind that you should not use a fan during cold weather or season. If you do so, your little one may catch a cold.
Alleviate sleep problems
Your baby may suffer from some sleep problems like snoring, trouble to breathe during sleep, stalling, and loud breathing during sleeping. If these problems are seen during your baby’s sleeping time, you should consult with your kid’s doctor to solve the problems by treatment.
Besides, you may be notified seeing your kid’s tiredness, sleepy or cranky during the daytime. Besides, you can observe your baby while he/she sleeps. And if you find the problem, tell a doctor without making any delay because this problem may cost you and your baby.
Teach him/her think positive
A baby’s first school or learning institution is his/her home. Parents should take extra care building his/her attitude toward the society and others. Negative thoughts not only hinder his/her natural growths but have a bad impact on his/her tender mind also. In this situation, as parents, you have to teach them to learn the positive aspects of life if your child is enough old to understand it. This is not for a newborn baby or those who are less than 6 years old.
Don’t play with your kid before bedtime
Babies love to play whether it is day or night. But you have to keep in your mind that your kid needs enough sleep along with physical activities. Especially, at night and before your kid’s bedtime, you should not play with him/her. Instead, you can persuade him/her that it is time for sleeping. Tell him/her to brush, wear night dress and get ready to go to bed. Also, try to convince him/her that he/she needs to wake up early to perform his/her regular activities. It is also seen that after playing for some time, your baby may get tired and want to sleep. But it is not for all. However, for their proper development, you, as parents, have to ensure your kid’s enough sleep.
Let your baby keep stress-free
Babies, when they start their school life, have a lot of tasks to perform at home and school as well. Sometimes, it is seen that his/her homework is not ready at all for the next day. Then a kid may not keep stress-free. And this stress hinders his/her sleeping. He/she wants to complete the task before going to bed. Otherwise, some parents create pressure on their baby to complete the task given by their teacher. But if it is found that his/her homework has not been completed yet, don’t abuse him/her. Instead, try to keep him/her relax at least before bedtime which is awesome for a kid to stay stress-free.
Keep it fears-free
Some babies get afraid seeing a small insect at night. In that case, you can play a great role convincing him/her that it is just an insect and you should not be afraid of it because you are stronger than it is. You can buy him/her a toy to work as a guard at night. You can also spray the bedroom properly with “monster spray” before your baby’s going to bed for sleeping.
Decorate its bedroom as a sleeping land
The decoration of a bedroom also plays an important role in sleeping at night. Keep the bedroom arranged and its color or paint should not be dazzling enough that tires your little one’s eyes. And, at night, when a night light turns on, the bedroom may look like a sleeping land where your baby can fall asleep easily and smoothly. Also, don’t hang fearful or very colorful wallpapers or art on the walls. If your baby wakes up in the midnight, seeing the picture on the wall hanging, he/she may get afraid and as a result, his/her sweet sleep may be hampered. Although it is not a must-have an aspect for a good sleep at night, you can do it too.
The bottom line
There are no parents in the world but want to keep their babies happy both mentally and physically. To keep your dear kid healthy, sound and strong, a sound and deep sleep at night as much as he/she needs are really important. If it is not ensured, your little one may suffer from many physical and mental disorders that can result in insomnia, sleepiness at daytime, loss of appetite and much more. And, your baby may not concentrate on any activities- academic or social. So, you can follow the above-mentioned tips to make a fall asleep at night and let him/her grow well by mentally as well as physically.