Every parent knows the importance of a good night’s sleep for tiny tots. Each day, our little ones live through a hundred new experiences, and when night falls, it’s the perfect time for their baby brains to process all of those novel skills, activities, and sensations that they’ve absorbed.
However, lots of children can find sleeping alone a little daunting. When darkness falls, many little minds see monsters in the shadows, and this can make bedtimes a nightmare for parents. From crying to creeping into your bed for a cuddle, it can be hard to encourage your tiny tots to stay tucked up until morning.
The trick is to make being in their bedrooms as enjoyable an experience as possible. From fantastical themes to novel nightlights, here are a few tips and tricks to help your tiny tots (and you) to get a great night’s sleep.
Tip #1: Get Them Involved in Decorating
From very early on, children develop their own personal likes and dislikes, and one of the best ways to encourage them to stay in their bedrooms is by playing up to these. Whether it’s a television show they love, a favourite book, or their latest obsession, it’s nice to incorporate their favourite things whenever you can, especially if they’re old enough to help you choose some bits and pieces. You don’t have to spend a fortune either – although racing car beds are great, posters, wall decals, and a lick of paint all have the power to transform a room.
Tip #2: Let in Some Light
One of the most prevalent childhood fears is of darkness, and although they have to get used to it sooner or later, you don’t have to do it all in one go. Even letting in a small amount of light can make a big difference, simply because it’s enough to reveal that those shadows in the corner aren’t lurking monsters after all. Leaving the curtains open or the door slightly ajar might be enough in themselves, but a cute nightlight – like this adorable little dog – never goes amiss.
Tip #3: Encourage them to Spend Time in their Rooms During the Day
Another great way to make the nights seem slightly less daunting is through encouraging your child to spend some time there during the day. This doesn’t have to mean banishing them to their bedroom for a few hours at a time – go up there with them and indulge in some playtime with their teddies, or else invite their friends around for some fun. The more familiar their room is, and the more they associate it with pleasantness, the less scary it will seem once night falls.
Help your tiny tot to get a great night’s sleep with these three top tips.