Putting kids to sleep each night successfully is a major task in itself. To put those little tots in bed when they would rather be doing anything else in the world is pretty daunting. Babies would rather cry or crawl their way around rather than falling asleep. When they would grow up they would run laps in that new superhero costume then close their eyes. And when they grow up a little more they would question the entire world instead of letting their little eyes rest. Over the years parents have employed every single trick they could to make bedtime easy. From reading bedtime stories to singing lullabies I’m sure every parent has tried every single trick in the book. From going the textbook route to trying out unorthodox methods, you name it and every parent has done it.
Sleeping is not only beneficial for kids physically, but it also promotes mental health. A child who sleeps for a sufficient amount is generally more confident and an overall smart child. They perform better in school and their pick is strong. Their immune system is also more powerful and they stay safe from obesity and diabetes.
As established above putting a kid to sleep is very hard for parents. But a healthy sleep-promoting environment can play a huge role in making bedtime easy. Are you wondering how to do that? Luckily for you, we have put together a list. These little tricks would help you make bedtime a little less painful. Happy reading!
Let’s address the most important part of a room. The color theme. While selecting colors for your child’s bedroom make sure to go in calm colors. Some colors have their way around with psychology and they would help your kids sleep better and also feel better overall.
Different shades of blue generally are very calm colors. They are known to keep the blood pressure and heart rate in check. They also help with the mental stability and promotes a clear mind. A clear mind, in turn, helps with anxiety and anger. If your child behaves poorly during bedtime blue is the color for you!
Make sure to add some green to your room. The green color is associated with freshness and helps your baby wake up fresh.
Let a little yellow peak through the room as well. Incorporate it into some wall hangings or books. Light yellow is associated with motivation and happiness. Lemon yellow is also associated with concentration.
Another color to incorporate in your kid’s room is light or pale pink. This shade of pink helps your kid sleep better. But make sure to not paint all the walls pink because that could increase anxiety.
Keep the room dark at night time
Dark rooms help to block out all the other elements at night. Bright lights will make the kids feel as if it is still day time and they would not want to sleep. This, in turn, would make them cranky and less attentive.
You can put black panels on the windows at night so that any type of light is blocked out. They are pretty cheap and are excellent at what they are designed for. You can also use black fabric or paper bags to block out the light. If your kid has a problem sleeping in an extremely dark environment, then use a small nigh bulb or a low voltage night lamp. Most psychologists recommend using a red light because it is dim and would not interfere with sleep rhythm.
Dark rooms would also promote a little extra sleep on the weekends since all the natural light coming from the window would be blocked.
De-clutter your baby’s room
Just like having piles of paperwork or books on the side table in an adult’s room interferes with sleep. The cluttered kid’s room does the same thing. Having legos, toys and other playing material scattered around the room makes it hard for the kid to sleep properly. Their attention would be towards the toys rather than sleeping. Keep minimal toys in the room and try to use storage boxes to store the toys at night.
You can also opt for beds with storage spaces or drawers. This would help keep the room tidy and would also keep all the toys out of sight at bedtime. You can also do the same with a chest that has a lid or a dressing that has some extra drawers. You also incorporate floating shelves or hanging storage boxes on the walls.
The idea, in the end, is to keep minimal toys in front of a child when its bedtime. Do whatever is feasible for you to keep the toys out of sight.
Give your child Mr. Huggies aka a hugging blanket
I’m sure all of us had a favorite lipstick or a hair product that is our holy grail. We refuse to travel without it or even go to an interview without it. It is our small comfort zone. Just like that, kids also love a comfort object. A blanket that is a little heavy is an amazing hugging object. Using this blanket would distribute pressure all over the body making sleep time easy.
They are also used in therapy because it promotes the feeling of being loved all night. A kid feels safe while hugging and that is why the child would sleep better in it.
Setting the right temperature
Most people think that cozy temperature is the optimal solution for sleep. Usually, parents fret over the correct temperature for their child’s bedroom. As they are not able to settle on the correct temperature. Ideally, 60 to 70 degrees of temperature is the best for a good night’s sleep. So set your thermostat to this temperature.
Talk to your child
A kid’s bedroom is their forte. They will grow in that room and learn in that environment. So it is very important to keep their opinions in mind. Let them make some choices and ask them what they want. Involve them in the entire process so that they feel valued. This helps them feel a sense of accomplishment and they feel happy about it.