It is no secret that preschoolers have tons of energy. At the end of the day, you are probably totally drained of all energy, but your little one is ready to play for hours. It is important to build healthy sleep habits at a young age. We don’t want to send our little geniuses off to preschool sleepy and cranky, right?
Create a Calm Environment
Turn your child’s room into a serene oasis. Pull the curtains closed, turn out the lights, and turn on soothing music. Pull the sheets and blankets back and add their favorite stuffed animal to their bed. If you want to turn up the spa-factor, you can use some lavender essential oils for added relaxation.
Provide Wind Down Time
Try not to spring the words, “It’s bedtime” on your child. This will likely result in resistance. Instead give a thirty minute and ten minute warning. At the thirty minute warning, suggest a calm activity to engage in to avoid your little one getting amped up before bedtime. This will help her brain wind down and signal to her body it is time to get ready for sleep.
Children feel safer when they are able to count on a routine. Having a set bedtime and routine will help your preschooler feel safe and calm down for bed more easily. A bedtime routine should be a calm time and the focus is preparing for sleep. At least thirty minutes before bedtime, power down all stimulating devices, including phones, tablets, computers, and televisions. Provide your little one with a light, healthy snack and allow him to choose which pajamas and stuffed animal are necessary for tonight. Bathtime may come next and then brushing teeth. Bring your routine to an end with snuggles, a few bedtime stories, and lots of kisses!
Putting a preschooler to bed can be stressful and tiring. Breathe and enjoy these moments with your little one. They won’t last forever and you will surely miss them once your big kid is putting himself to bed.
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