Parenting advice from those have been down the road can be worth its weight in gold… It can be tough to break habits, especially when you have an established routine with your child. As your kids get older, though, you may consider the benefits of them having their own room and bed. You can find all sorts of reasons why kids should sleep in their room, but enforcing this new routine is easier said than done.
Check out some of the easiest ways to get your kids to sleep in their own room so you can reclaim your bed.
Set Up a NEW Bedtime Routine
Set up a bedtime routine for your kids that is short and enjoyable. Even if it only takes them 15 to 20 minutes to complete, begin early each night to ensure you have enough time to complete every step before bedtime. Keep security objects nearby to remind your child that bedtime is enjoyable. The current favorites in my house are Mr. Fox and Blanket.
Common nighttime routines you should start getting your kids in the habit of doing include:
- Brushing their teeth
- Taking a bath
- Using the toilet
- Combing their hair
Establish Calm Time Before Bed
While your kids are performing their bedroom routine, you should keep the lights low and sounds to a minimum. Turn off devices. Avoid any stimulating environments that may entice your child to stay awake. If it is difficult to block light in your kids’ room, try blackout curtains. Further, it is important to choose the right pieces of furniture for your children’s room. Some beds are so unique that kids actually want to spend time in them.
Let Your Kids Help Plan Their Bedtime Routine
Your kids will be much more interested in their bedroom routine, if they get to assist in the routine plan… decide together the schedule and ask if they have any ideas for the bedtime routine. While some basic aspects of self-care and hygiene are non-negotiable, you can allow your kids to choose when they get to read a book or when they get to take a break to cuddle with their stuffed animals for a few minutes.
Children don’t enjoy chores and are more likely to become overwhelmed if they have to do many at once. Ensuring that your kids aren’t overwhelmed before bedtime is one of the best ways to get your kids to sleep in their own room. If they are having trouble sleeping through the night, consider adding a fun nightlight so they can easily see their surroundings.