It’s no secret that kids are buzzing balls of energy. They also reject their bodies’ need to sleep. With all the fun these youngsters get, though, the more sleep deprived their parents are.
A quick search online will give you thousands of parenting tips how to get your kids to sleep. If you’ll ask us, consistency and being firm on enforcing bedtimes would be our top tips, but this post is not about that. This post is to share just how creative parents are getting just to get their little ones turn down for the night.
We’ve rounded up a few of the most unique and hilarious techniques that parents do that might also give you a few ideas when you’re already running out of ideas how to get your little one shut down.
The Bedtime Checklist
One mom made sure that their little one won’t be pulling any stalling techniques on them everytime bedtime rolls in. By listing down all of the things their kid likes to request before lights out, they get to make sure that they run out of reasons to stay up.
If you’re going to give this technique a try, some of the things you can add to your list are:
- get a drink of water
- say goodnight to all the pets and toys
- check the closets for monsters
Tailor-fit your list according to your little one’s antics and they’ll soon run out of reasons to delay their bedtime.
End the Day with a Game
If you’re raising a competitive ball of energy, turning bedtime into a game can also work. One parent found out that they can get their kids to ‘race’ to sleep. The first one to fall asleep wins the game and for some kids, it works.
If you already have your own collection of essential oils, you’re in luck. You can just use a few drops of lavender, chamomile, and sandalwood are just a few of the best picks that can help soothe your little one to sleep.
There are a few ways how you can use essential oils to get the job done:
- A few drops on a tissue paper placed near their bed or crib can already be enough for many kids.
- Massaging a small amount on their temples can also work. Make sure that the oil is safe to use on skin before doing this, though. It’s also not advised to use this trick on infants and very young kids.
- A few drops on a humidifier can also help disperse the scent inside your kid’s room, so it can also be a good way to help them calm down at the end of the day.
Use Some Background Music
Listening to some white noise proves to be a useful way for some people to focus. For others, it’s very relaxing that it can even lull them to sleep. There are tons of white noise sounds and videos that you can play for your kid to get them to fall asleep, so you don’t have to worry about where to start.
These are just a few relatively different techniques that parents use to help their little ones sleep. Some of them are largely similar to what most adults do, so they might not seem too weird for a lot of folks. They are guaranteed to work, though, as most of them are techniques that can get everyone fall asleep.
Give these tricks a go and maybe you can start getting good sleep at night, too.