5 ways to get your child to sleep
Kids keeping you up at night? Try these 5 tips on how to get your little one to sleep.
It's not always easy to get your kid to sleep. No matter how long you let them run around outside or just how soothing that warm bath is, there are times when they just refuse to head off to the Land of Nod.
Or perhaps your child had a bad dream and just needs a little reassurance. We asked our Facebook fans
to share their get-to-sleep tips with us and here they are for you to try.
1. Cover all the bases
If your child is niggly then make sure that they're not hungry or have a dirty nappy.
Tonight I've resorted to feeding my 3 month old after getting up 8 times already. With my 20-month-old daughter it's usually something that's bothering her so I find out what it is and then she usually sleeps. - Heather
2. Be a 'safety blanket'
There are times when a child can't sleep that they just need a little comfort. A favourite blanket or fluffy toy might just not be enough. Sometimes a tired kid just needs mom or dad to give them a hug and a kiss.
Smother them with love and our presence! Makes them feel secure! It's a "safety blanket" at any age! - Mari-Lize
3. Snuggle up!
When a bad dream has your little one scared or they just won't fall asleep, sometimes you need to put them in bed with you. Some parents don't agree with method but it's often the best way to get a good night's sleep.
I'd snuggle with my kids till they fall asleep. I did that recently with my teen boy, he was struggling to sleep and it helped. - Bobo
4. Story time
Reading a story to a sleepy kid is a great way of getting them to concentrate and doze off. Most of all, being read to is soothing and bound to make the toughest kid fall asleep.
I ask them to close their eyes, no comments, no movement. They must just listen to my voice and then I read them a story. - Babalwa
5. Music and movies
When you're at the end of your tether and your kid just won't fall asleep then you may want to try playing some music. At times even a movie will do.
Desperate times call for desperate measures! The last few months my boys won't sleep so we put a TV in their room and they watch Dora. They now stay in their beds watching TV and my husband and I get the rest we need. - Cheryl
How do you get your kids to sleep when they refuse to?