Bedtime tantrums: how to defuse the crisis?

Published : 08-08-2018 12:29:51
Categories : Child Sleep

Bedtime tantrums: how to defuse the crisis?

Are bedtime tantrums spoiling your evenings? Fortunately, solutions exist to help settle your child into a good routine.

When getting your child off to sleep is tricky…

Is your child still struggling to get to sleep at 10 o’clock at night despite having been put to bed at 8.30? You’re not alone! Many parents have exactly the same problem every night. When children refuse to go to bed, it’s often because they want to be like the grown-ups. They are demonstrating a strong desire to be independent, showing you that they want to go to bed when THEY choose, not when you tell them to!

Teach your children to fall asleep by themselves

Does your little one only ever go to sleep with you by his or her side? You should beware as this bad habit could soon become one that is difficult to break… To prevent this, establish a bedtime routine as soon as possible: bath, story, cuddles and sleep time. Before you leave the bedroom, remind your child that he or she is safe, even if you aren’t in the same room.

Stay firm!

As you leave the room, your child may well play up. He or she may cry or keep calling you back. Whatever you do, don’t give in. If your child has a tantrum, ignore it. Because reacting and getting cross could simply encourage the behaviour! Anticipate your child’s demands. For example, place a glass of water on the bedside table in advance. Establishing a good sleep routine requires time and patience. But it will be worth it in the end! It will spare you plenty of tears later on.

Have you thought about using a smart bedside clock to help you? Urban Hello’s REMI helps your child drift off to sleep peacefully thanks to its sleep schedule function, which records the sound profile of your little one’s nights. This helps you identify the conditions most conducive to a good night’s sleep for your little one. An invaluable aid if your child plays up at bedtime!

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