Pam Clark, from The Child Sleep Company shares her top tips
If you are struggling with your child’s sleep, my top tips are:
1: Choose an early bedtime – around 7pm is ideal
Early bedtimes help ensure that children do not become overtired, which not only makes it more difficult for them to fall asleep, but also results in more restless sleep during the night and early wakings in the morning.
2: Put your child to sleep in the same place every night (and for naps where relevant)
This will help your child feel secure and act as a cue for sleep, helping them to settle down more easily and have better quality sleep.
3: Create a predictable bedtime routine
A bedtime routine is an excellent cue to your child that it is time to prepare for sleep. It should be around 30 minutes in length, have a consistent set of steps that you both enjoy and should end in your child’s bedroom.
4: Put your child to bed AWAKE
This may seem difficult, but it’s actually the most important step! It’s only by letting your child fall asleep WITHOUT your help at bedtime, that they learn the independent sleep skills necessary to stay asleep all night.
5: If your child wakes during the night, wait a few minutes before intervening
Most children make some noise during the night as they move between sleep cycles. If you rush in at the slightest noise, they will not learn how to fall back to sleep on their own.
6: Stick to a consistent daily schedule as much as possible
Skipping naps and late bedtimes will affect the next 24-hour cycle as your child becomes increasingly over-tired. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that naps are not important, or that keeping your child up late will help them sleep longer at night.
You can also find more information on the Sleep Blog on my website: www.childsleepcompany.co.uk
About the Author:
Pam Clark is a Certified Sleep SenseTM Consultant and the founder of the Child Sleep Company (www.childsleepcompany.co.uk).