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Getting the kids into bed at the right time can be tough. If they just don’t seem to be tired when night falls, you don’t have to just accept it for what it is.
As a mom of three boys, I’ve basically been through all the stages – the I’m not tired stage, the can I watch one more movie phase, and the go to bed and keep getting up and down phase. However, now by making a few changes to our nighttime routine, I can get my kids to bed at an appropriate time without all the hassles.
Here are some great tips for encouraging your kids to sleep.
Make Sure They Have a Comfortable Mattress
If a mattress is uncomfortable, I know I can’t go to sleep on it and the same remains true for kids. They’ll have trouble getting to sleep even when they want to lay their heads down for the night.
Don’t underestimate the influence of a mattress on sleep. All my kids recommend the Sweet ZZZ Affluent Gel Memory Foam Mattress. It’s designed to prevent pressure points from forming and to stop restless tossing and turning.
About the Sweet ZZ Affluent Gel Memory Foam Mattress & A Review
While a twin mattress will run you $800 dollars, you can take $100 off your purchase with the code: zzz100. My oldest son and youngest son have been taking turns with this mattress and they both love it.
The unboxing process was a little tricky. It doesn’t come equipped with the plastic cutter that some of the other queen-sized mattresses that I have reviewed come with. However, it was quick (only three steps) and painless to unbox.
I put the mattress on the boy’s bunk bed and it is very thick, so the bottom bunk was the most suitable. If you put it on the top it goes above the rail and I don’t need my son rolling off the bed at night so the bottom it was, which wasn’t too big of a deal since they’re always switching which bed they sleep on anyway.
In my opinion, the mattress is a bit on the firm side. However, the boys like it so if they’re happy I’m happy since they are the ones who sleep on it. My oldest likes to refer to it as being “cozy”.
For parents who may be considering purchasing this mattress for their kid’s room, you’ll be pleased to know that it ships within 6-8 business days, includes free delivery and returns, has a limited risk warranty, and a 100-day money back guarantee. If the investment is too much upfront Sweet ZZZ also partners with a financing company so you can pay for it over time as well.
Overall, my boys think this is an excellent mattress, it gives me peace of mind knowing that when they go to sleep they will sleep through the night, and they don’t wake up with any aches and pains, so it must be comfortable.
Get Them Bedding That They Like
Entice them into jumping into bed by decorating their bedding with their favorite characters. Try a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle bedding set. Or opt for a colorful One in a Minion bedding set. I have both sets, plus a Spiderman one since they represent my boy’s favorite characters. I find the Ninja Turtle bedding set to be especially cool because it makes it easier for my middle son to make his bed.
When they love their bedding they’ll want nothing more than to jump into bed.
Let them choose their bedding and make them feel like they’re in charge so you get it just right.
Put Up Curtains or Get Room Darkening Blinds
Light from outside can seriously disrupt a child’s sleep. They’re more sensitive to distractions than adults.
Get some curtains or blinds that completely block out the light.
Since we’re in a homeowner association community we’re not allowed to have the room darkening blinds that I prefer, so curtains it is. I switch them out each month, but they are a staple for the kid’s room at least.
My kids like to get up as soon as they see light creeping in and you know during the winter that is early. I’m not a morning person, per say, and especially on Sundays, I don’t enjoy being up before the chickens because since it’s light outside they feel as though it’s time to get moving.
Create a Bedtime Routine
Kids learn by routine, so have a bedtime routine that can get them used to getting ready for bed.
For example, I make sure that at the very least my kids stop drinking 1-2 hours before bed so there are no frequent restroom visits going on throughout the night. I also like to do bath time 30 minutes to an hour before bed, so they can be nice and relaxed from a bubble bath or shower.
Additionally, an even better evening touch to substitute that “one more show or movie” before bed stage is to bond by reading them a bedtime story that will help them drift off to sleep.
As time goes on their bedtime routine will stick.
Create a Sleep-Inducing Environment
Stop any of those bedtime shenanigans by creating an environment designed for sleep. Ban electronics from the bedroom and make sure they have a tidy bedroom before bed.
A clutter free environment eliminates distractions and minimalizes the temptation to start playing past their bedtime.
Make it clear that the bedroom is not just a playroom.
Final Thoughts on Encouraging Your Kids to Sleep
By making bedtime a happy time and instilling routine in your child, you can put an end to the excuses and an end to the nightly struggle of getting your child into bed at the right time.
And a good bedtime routine can establish great habits as they grow up.
How do you make sure you get your kids to bed at a reasonable time at night?