How To Get Your Preschooler To Sleep
Preschool is such an exciting milestone in your little one’s life. They’re having so much fun meeting new friends, coloring, painting, playing on the playground, and exploring the outside world. Many of you have been calling me wondering why your child naps so well at school and not at home. Aside from monkey see monkey do, I’m here to share with you a few helpful hints as to how to get your preschooler on a predictable healthy sleep routine. I call this the four C’s!!
As parents, we know how important sleep is for your little ones and that’s why we need to commit to making healthy sleeping habits a priority. Regular schedules and bedtime routines are vital in helping children get the restorative sleep they need.
To create and establish healthy sleeping habits, you’re going to want to come up with a bedtime routine that works for you and your family. Remember, preschool aged children need anywhere from 10- 13 hours of sleep, so you want to make sure that you’re putting your babies down for the night at an appropriate hour. Some of those hours may be included in nap time depending on your child’s age.
This is where you’re going to explain to your children what the “new” nightly routine will look like so that they can have the best school year ever!! Get your children involved and excited!! I’m a huge fan of using charts and visuals of the nightly routine that you’re going to follow in sequential order. For example, Bath, PJ’s, Brush Teeth, Potty, Read One Book, Kisses, and Bed.
We must consistently follow this bedtime routine so that our children know exactly what the expectation looks like. By being consistent, your children will automatically know the flow eliminating any surprises that may induce a meltdown.
If you’re struggling with your preschooler and sleep, we’re here to help! Call us today at 561-674-3104.