Child won’t sleep? Slow down your day!
Don’t take a wrong turn after a few bad nights….or weeks…of sleep!
So you have had a bad night? Maybe a bad couple of nights? Your little one hasn’t slept and that means neither have you. What is your plan? I can remember thinking, “We have got to get this kid tired so we all get sleep!” So, we would head outside and play hard for a couple of hours, skip a nap and have a marathon day. After an exhausting day surely this kid will sleep. Wrong!
It is a fact, children that have not slept well, or have a negative sleep balance (not enough sleep deposited in the sleep bank) and continue to exhaust themselves with physical activity will only hurt their ability to fall asleep! We all have been there, the toddler that is exhausted and is running around on over drive making the whole house crazy or the infant that has missed a couple of naps and is exhausted but continues to cry incessantly. It is like a merry-go-round that you can’t get off!
So, if you have had a few days of poor sleep for whatever reason…don’t try to exhaust your child even more. Plan a quiet day and let your little one unwind peacefully at home. Keep it a calm morning with playing quietly…keep the physical play at bay. Have a nice nap routine with lunch and followed with a few books. Rub their back and snuggle letting their little body slide into sleep. Keeping it quiet and calm may just help your child fall back into a sleep pattern and get your child and you a nap. That nap will get you both back on track. Follow up with a calm afternoon, quiet evening, a good bedtime routine with a back rub and snuggle, and hopefully the Sandman will make a visit early. The key for sleep in a child that is sleep deprived is not more activity and stimulation, but less! Slow it down, and welcome sleep.
Take a breath, enjoy the joyful moments of each day, and remember you don’t have to be perfect to be the perfect parent.
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