Tuesday, January 15, 2013

How To Get Kids To Go To Bed and Stay There

Jumping on the Bed
Flickr 
It seems I am not the only procrastinator here.  Kids are brilliant procrastinators at bedtime.  When we adults constantly crave for sleep, our children just want to play and think of brilliant excuses to stall sleep. I can't say I am a veteran  in  getting kids to bed and letting them stay there, but here are some tricks I tried that worked (fortunately):  

Help kids unwind before bedtime

Don't ever attempt to let your child do anything that's too stimulating, like watching wrestling and funny cartoon shows.  Set a soothing bedtime routine that will cue your child's brain that it is time to sleep, like a bedtime story and a warm cup of milk.

Homeworks, ironically, make practically every child sleepy.

freedigitalphotos by photostock



Make sure that kids get their required number of hours of sleep a night.


Do the math, so your child will have his needed number of hours' sleep.  Practically every 6 or 7-year old, for example, needs around 10 to 11 hours of sleep a night.  If he has to get up for school at 6 AM, make sure he is in bed and sleeping by 7 or 8 PM.

Avoid interaction with your child when it's time to sleep.


As a working mom, this is so hard!  I love to play and tickle my child when we are in bed, and I love asking him how his day was.  Usually, though,  he gets over-excited with our horseplay that he has a hard time sleeping and would continually bug me about completing his Bat Cave Lego and how he will beat the villains in his Wii game. Once the lights are out, seriously avoid discussing stuff with your child, especially if the topic interests him so much.  When it's time to sleep, absolutely no talking!

freedigitalphotos by Tina Phillips

Practice what you preach.

Set a good example and do not skimp on sleep, because your children will do the same!  Get yourself to bed at a decent time, in a dark, cool, quiet room.  

Rule out medical conditions.

If your child always seems sleepy, snores loudly or breathes through his mouth, or wake up tired no matter what time he goes to bed, talk to your pediatrician.  It may not be as serious as Kleine-Levin Syndrome (a rare sleeping disorder that could cause one to sleep weeks at a time), but an underlying health issue may be the cause.



27 comments :

  1. Like you, I can't avoid interaction with my son. Kahit patay na ilaw, nagkakaladyaan pa din kaming tatlo, hehe. All your tips are true, especially un be an example part. My son will never sleep we don't sleep. Hehe

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ay, mommy, sooo hard to be an example haha. good thing my not-so-little boy has classes at 12 PM. ako lang ang bonggang bonggang puyat with matching eye bags

      Delete
  2. My husband and I always pretend to be asleep just so the little one will go to sleep. And sometimes my husband snoozes before our daughter does! LOL

    ReplyDelete
  3. my boy's body clock is really good... i just hope he stays that way for good... parang di ko maimagine problemahin ang pagtulog nya hehehe :D

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ay, you're so swerte, mommy charm! My second was like that, too! Letting her go to sleep was never a problem. Yung first has hang-ups with her sleep, even when she was a baby. And alam mo ba, the way they slept when they were babies will continue to their teens!My eldest still has problems with sleeping (and who ever thought of the 11:11 pm wish thing kasi haha)

      Delete
  4. Great advice here Marie. I don't have kids but have nieces and nephews and I completely agree that they can be a pain when it comes to bed time. Often, if they are stopping over and I am at work they will wait up for me fighting sleep

    ReplyDelete
  5. I read the link you provided for Kleine-Levin Syndrome, and it is really serious.

    What I observed is when the sleeping habit is set as early as possible, it is a lot easier to put the kids on bed when they get older. This is true with my eldest. Reading books before going to sleep is also a good bed time habit.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Great post! I remember not wanting to sleep during bedtimes when I was a kid, too. Kasi namn dami pang shows na dapat panuorin!!hahah!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Informative! Magaling na negotiator ang kids ko eh, kung di man buo yung night time, kasi by 9 kami sa bahay and around 6:30 am sila, I make sure they take a nap in the afternoon everyday.

    ReplyDelete
  8. hmmm.. thanks for sharing.. i will apply this to my cute little cousins..

    ReplyDelete
  9. Sleep for weeks? Modern-day sleeping beauty? First time I heard of this. I love to sleep but more than 8 hours, my head aches already hahaha! You know the best way to make children fall asleep? Play with them a few hours before bedtime. Tire them out lol! They'd hit the sack for sure.

    ReplyDelete
  10. I try to keep sleeping time consistent for my little one. When it's 8pm it's time for bed. It helps that I have always gone to bed at 8pm myself because I'm not a late sleeper. 10pm is very late for me and I'll be puyat the next day. Difficult though if she has a nap in the afternoon. We try to avoid that unless she's sick or very tired.

    ReplyDelete
  11. these are great tips, i remember what you said

    ReplyDelete
  12. Kids are really like that thought I dont have one yet. I think its also in the food they eat before going to bed do you think but Im not so sure

    ReplyDelete
  13. Great advice! I don't have any kids yet but I need to use this for myself.

    ReplyDelete
  14. It's not as easy and I think only when the kids get older will it work. If the kid is under 5 they still wake up in the night or may come over to your bed.

    ReplyDelete
  15. "practice what you preach"... uh oh! Guess I have to correct my sleeping habits before I become a Mom!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Our first born was like this but when the younger one came and they are now sleep buddies. they sleep as early as 7 pm. our only dilemma was that they wake up around 530 in the morning.

    ReplyDelete
  17. I blogged similar to this one and it's true, we have to set as good examples to our children when it comes to proper sleeping habits. And it's never easy. At all. lol! :-)

    ReplyDelete
  18. We also pretend to be asleep so that our son will sleep too. Lights off too.

    ReplyDelete
  19. My nephew just had a bout of hypoglycemia and he was indeed sleepy!

    ReplyDelete
  20. Studying used to make my son so sleepy!

    ReplyDelete
  21. Nice tips there. Our son will not sleep if we are still awake doing our crochet orders. There are time we get sleep first than him. hehehe

    ReplyDelete
  22. I usually sleep with my son when I ask him to sleep and it always work this way..-Singlemom Reviews

    ReplyDelete
  23. Thanks for the tips, I will try this with my little girl. - PeoplesQuotes.com

    ReplyDelete
  24. Thanks for the tips. It's so hard to make my daughter go to bed and stay. Yes, she gives me all the excuses in the world. Haha. But yeah, assignments make her sleepy. :))

    ReplyDelete

LinkWithin

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...