How to Get Kids Ready for Bed?
Kids are cranky and they never want to be in bed. They want to be outdoors, running around and playing. You know what? You are going to have to get creative if you hope to get them there in the morning.
Many parents are at a loss when it comes to getting kids ready to sleep. There are many things that can be done to help them settle down for the night. It is important to get kids to settle down for sleep and not be disruptive. Many parents think that talking or playing with their children before they go to bed is a good way to get kids to relax and feel sleepy.
But this is not true. Studies have shown that simply talking to your child is not as effective as going to a darkened room. The brain uses three types of brainwaves when studying an interesting book or watching television. Your child’s brain uses alpha, beta and theta waves. By talking to your child while these waves are occurring, it can calm them down and make them sleep much easier.
Another trick that can help you get kids to sleep is to read to them when they are lying in bed. The best time to read to your toddler is about thirty minutes before they get to bed. However, if you are reading before they get to bed, try reading them a story that does not need much action on the page or a book with white words.
Ten minutes before bedtime should be a good time for reading your toddler a story or a special book that is meant to calm them down. Read them the same story that they have already read a dozen times. This will re-establish their mental association to time periods in their day.
After about ten minutes, change the book to one that requires more activity such as colors, numbers or the alphabet. This will cause your child to spend more time thinking about what they are reading rather than concentrating on whether they need to brush their teeth or find the remote control.
Once they have spent about five or six hours sleeping, go ahead and remove the covers on their pillows. This will give you a better chance of getting your kids to finally get some sleep. If they had a nap during the day, now is the time to show them that you care. Explain to them that the covers on the pillow are there because it helps you show you care by putting the covers on. Remind them to use their imagination because sleep is supposed to be fun.
How To get kids ready for bed each night starts at an age where most kids don’t have any. They have no concept of time, a concept of what night means, and they have very short memories. As a parent, the biggest thing that you can do is to take the time to explain to them the process of sleeping. You can do this with books, CDs, or just by talking to them in person.
You can show them pictures of different animals sleeping at different times of the day. Let them know that as soon as they slip into their beds they should be thinking of you and getting ready for bedtime.
The best way to have kids realize the importance of bedtime is to take the time to get it every night. When kids understand the importance of getting to sleep, they understand that being gone from home is really going to mess up their schedule and sleep pattern. This is a big step towards helping them understand that when mommies or dads aren’t around, they should make sure to get to sleep and stay asleep.