For any Nanny it’s pretty nice when you can get the children to relax and sleep tight. It means you can also relax and the job becomes much easier. Of course most children are pretty hyper at the best of times so here are a few tips to help calm them down and get them sleeping well;
- Try not to let the children eat any big meals or anything substantial in the hours before bed, that is especially true of high sugar or carbohydrate foods which will give them lots of energy. Of course avoid caffeine too, which means no cola or chocolate before bed.
- If possible try to invest in a high quality mattress, if the kids feel comfortable then they won’t be able to resist hitting the slumber. It may sound strange but some kids really like the novelty of an air mattress, you can find reviews and choose the best air mattress at sites like ChooseMattress.com.
- Inform them that it will be bedtime in 5 minutes, this gives them a little time to get it out of their system and perhaps let off some stream before being ready to hit the hay.
- Try to establish a bedtime routine and be consistent with it, this way habits will develop and children will automatically know it’s time to get in bed and will show less resistance. Pro tip: a routine that includes reading a bedtime story is far better than letting them watch tv before bed, it will help them relax more and make them more sleepy.
- Although it’s typical in movies and quite a tradition, it’s perhaps not a good idea to sing to children before bed because it’s been shown that this then gets associated with falling asleep in the child’s mind. Doesn’t sound too bad? Well, if they wake up in the middle of the night they will probably need you to come and sing to them again in order to fall asleep.
- Get the room temperature right, along with a soft blanket and they will having nothing to complain about. A room that is too hot or too cold is not going to give those ideal sleeping conditions.
- If the child calls for you in the middle of the night don’t come rushing right away. Give them a moment to realise that they should be asleep, and chances are they will drift back off without your intervention.
- If they come out of their room during the night then it’s best to gently walk them back and remind them that it’s bed time and they should be tucked up and not leaving their room.
- If the child worries about ghosts or monsters they have methods for them to overcome those issues without you. For example you can keep a flashlight in the room along with some “monster spray” and even a big cuddly toy for them to hold.
- Lastly, the big secret is to set up some kind of reward system where if the child goes to bed on time and stays there all night then they receive a gold star. After every 3 gold stars you can give them a reward such as sweets or chocolate and then if they get 10 in a row perhaps something special that they enjoy.
We hope those tips help make your job that little bit easier, if you have any other suggestions then please comment below, we would love to hear from you!