Having quality sleep each night is just as important to a child’s development as proper nutrition. A sleep deprived child will exhibit many different challenging behaviors and may have problems focusing, interacting with others., and even learning. So often, we as adults do not get the sleep we need and we pay the price for that. But, we need to make sure that our children are getting the 10 to 12 hours a sleep a night that is necessary for their health and development. Sometimes though, getting a child to just go to bed and stay in bed can pose quite the challenge.
Here at Little Lambs we have a room full of nappers. We follow the exact same routine every day. After lunch, the children go to the bathroom. hen they may choose one book to bring to their cots. We listen to the same CD, every day. After a while, I turn off the music and say, “Music is off, heads are on pillows. It’s time to rest . Then I sing the song, “Now the Light Has Gone Away.” After the song has been sung, the children know to make no noise and go to sleep or rest. The consistency we have in our rest time routine lets the children know what to expect and they are able to relax and get the rest they need. Creating a special bedtime ritual at your home will help ease your child’s transition to sleep.
Attached to this week’s newsletter, you will find a handout called “How to Help Your Child Have a Successful Bedtime.” Please take a few minutes to read about ways you can help you and your child have a happy bedtime!