Getting your kids back into a sleep routine after the holidays
Your holiday has sadly come to an end. It is now time to get back to school, back to work and back into routine.
Are you struggling to get your kids to bed after summer holiday? do you also hear "but mom, the sun is still shining" or "I am not even tired yet". All mom's have hear that before.
It is best to get your kids back into a proper routine as quick as possible before any bad habits are born.
Here are a few tips that you can follow to help your little ones get the most our of their sleep.
1. PREPARE: Don't let the end of the holiday sneak up on you. As your holiday comes to an end, start to remind your child that school will start soon and that you need to get back into routine. Remind them of all the positive things of going back to school such as meeting their new teacher, seeing all their friends again etc. Nothing makes it easier to get back into a routine than to prepare for it!
2. COUNTDOWN: Have a bit of fun together and create a countdown calendar. You can add the new routine onto this calendar counting down the amount of sleeps before school starts. Include things such as alarm time, meal times, tasks when getting ready for school like brushing teeth, making their beds etc.
3. BATH TIME: Make sure your kids now when it's time to stop with what they are doing and when it's time to get ready for bed. Whether you choose bath time to be before or after dinner, stick to the same routine everyday.
Adding some Magnesium Sulphate bubble bath salts will help your child to unwind after a day filled with fun activities.
4. BED TIME: Switch off electronics such as TV and games at least an hour before bed time, if not sooner. Allow children to bath at leisure, read alone or together, and put them to bed in a dark, cool, quiet room. This will help them to slow down, get comfortable and calm down after a busy day. It is also best to keep to the same bed time every night.
5. FOOD: Now is the time to stop with the comfy, quick holiday meals that usually aren't as healthy. Try giving your family a healthy, balanced meal before bedtime. It is also best to eat at the same time every day. This will help to establish an evening routine so they know what to expect next.
6. BE ATTENTIVE: Establishing a new routine can be very stressful on your household. Try to free up as much time as possible so that you can be available and help where needed. You might experience a few emotional outbursts at first but things will get better as the new routine sets in.