When you become a parent, sleep - both yours and your child’s - can become one of the most talked about, stressed about and analyzed topics.
Thankfully, there are a number of resources to help support and guide your family to a better night’s rest. When the newborn and toddler stages are behind you and you begin to navigate the diaper-free days and nights, it’s important to have a back-up plan/product for when nighttime wetting happens.
Recently the GoodNites® team, gifted me a wonderful Better Sleep Kit, featuring such items as a calming bedtime lotion, nighttime socks, a toothbrush, washcloth, beautiful storybook and package of their GoodNites® Bedtime Pants.
May is Better Sleep Month and GoodNites® is raising awareness on the importance of uninterrupted sleep for children. Sleep affects children's ability to manage emotions, regulate behavior, integrate information, and to focus. There can be many reasons children experience disruptive sleep, such as bad dreams or nighttime wetting, but healthy sleep habits can help all children get the peaceful sleep they need.
Child and Family Therapist, Michelle Kambolis provides the following tips and advice to help minimize your child’s sleep disruption, allowing them to have a more restful, restorative sleep so that they may thrive during the day.
Create a clear transition time – power down the electronics and high-level activity and opt for calming activities such as reading or bath time. This transition can signal your child’s brain to slow down and relax. Encourage them to brush their teeth on their own or read independently for 10-15 minutes before bed.
Create a sleep inducing environment – tuck away the toys and work to produce an environment that promotes and encourages sleep – soft lighting, comfy bedding and the use of a night light can also help to signal it’s time for rest.
Limit the lingering – just one more snack, one more story, one more hug – children can be notorious for extending the bedtime goodbye. Set a firm “last call” signalling to your child that their sleep is more important than extend-a-play.
Teach self-soothing – after a full day’s activities, when the lights have finally been turned off - nighttime can often trigger a flurry of thoughts, irrational fears and un-metabolized worries from the day in your child’s mind. This heightened brain activity can disrupt your child’s sleep and peace of mind. Teaching them self-soothing, breathing techniques, visualization, reminding them to cuddle their favourite blanket or stuffed animal will help calm their worries and relax both their bodies and minds.
Manage overnight disruptions – Once your child falls asleep, it’s important that they have an uninterrupted sleep to thrive. Nighttime wetting, an inevitable part of growing up and one your body will naturally grow out of, can pose an obstacle for some. Let your child know nighttime wetting is not their fault and work to instill a stress-free bedtime routine. GoodNites® helps sets the stage for a peaceful rest with their line of bedtime pants – they’re plush and super absorbent to help keep your child dry and comfortable all night long.
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