“I have to go to the bathroom.”
Bedtime can be a long process for many parents. At the end of the day, we are all tired, right? Well at least the parents are!
All you want to do is put your child to bed and have everyone get to sleep without a fuss. Many times, it isn’t that simple.
Nighttime is perhaps one of the most relaxing times of day in our home. But it wasn’t always. My kids use to constantly try to finagle their way into obtaining more time to stay awake. My 7 year old would look for every excuse, then my 4 year old would say that she needed to go to the bathroom even though she already went, and my 1 year old would start crying and want to breastfeed again.
Finally, I implemented some relaxation techniques, and now our routine runs smoothly with everyone going to sleep easily. Here are 9 tips I’ve learned to help my older children sleep:
- Give your children a warm bath.
- Use guided meditation to help your children unwind and relax. Use relaxing stories about the beach, and practice breathing in with the waves and out with the waves. There are some wonderful guided mediation options on YouTube if you prefer to let your child listen to someone else, or you can use your own voice to take their mind on a relaxing journey filled with imagery and deep breathing.
- Use coconut oil and give your children a foot massage. Massages are a wonderful way to unwind and relax.
- Play spa music on a CD in their room. The serene music will help their mind drift off and allow your children to sleep much faster.
- Many children like a night light. We use a Himalayan salt lamp, which not only purifies the air and reduces electro-magnetic field radiation, but it has a very relaxing light color that looks like warm fire tone that promotes sleep.
- Use room-darkening shades. This will help your child sleep longer and avoid any lights coming in the room. It will also help them to sleep longer in the morning instead of waking up as soon as the sun rises.
- Put warm socks on your children’s feet. I use a towel warmer, and after the kids are tucked into bed, I put warm socks on their feet to help them relax.
- Consider buying an air purifier. It is always easier to sleep when you breathe cleaner, air but the sound from the purifier can help children sleep.
- Snuggle a lot at bedtime. Children who feel loved and reassured are always more relaxed. Warm hugs and body heat will help your child relax and you get to relax together. Cherish these sweet moments because they go by so quickly.