6 tips for getting kids to bed when it’s light outside

Bedtime can be a battle at the best of times, but when it’s still light outside, it can be even more of a challenge! We’ve rounded up some handy tips to help you get your little one settled down for the night as summer approaches and the sun sets later and later.

Stick to your normal routine

With so much more going on in the spring and summer months, it can be tempting to push bedtime later, especially when your little one pleads with you to stay up a little longer. Try not to give in though and stick to their normal bedtime schedule. With more active, busy days it’s especially important that your child gets plenty of sleep to keep them energised for tomorrow’s fun.

 

Start winding down early

About two hours before your child’s bedtime, start creating a more relaxing atmosphere around your home by dimming the lights or closing curtains. Do this in every room your child will be using in the run-up to bedtime, for example in the bathroom and living room, as well as their bedroom. Try keeping noise to a minimum and play some soothing music to help signal to your child that it’s time to wind down.

 

Invest in white noise

You might think white noise machines are only useful for babies, but they can be a great way to help soothe toddlers and older children too. If your child is getting distracted by sounds like birds chirping or children playing outside, a white noise machine is brilliant for blocking them out and creating a relaxing vibe in their bedroom.

 

Clear clutter

With some parts of the country staying light until well past 11pm come mid-June, it’s important to keep tempting toys out of view in your child’s bedroom, especially if they are prone to waking up between sleep cycles. Put away anything that might encourage your child to get out of bed if they clock them and keep the room as uninteresting as possible! This also goes for anything that may appear unusual or scary come dusk, for example cuddly toys on the shelf or a coat hanging up behind the door.

 

Awesome aromas

Essential oils are a great way to create a relaxing atmosphere, particularly those that promote sleep, like lavender. Rather than just sprinkling a few drops on the bedsheets, you can try diluting them with water in a spray bottle to create a ‘sleepy spray’ and getting your child to spritz it around to get them into a sleepy mindset.

 

Blackout blinds

If all else fails, it might be time to invest in a good set of blackout blinds. They’ll keep the room as dark as possible, helping to mimic night time even when the sun is still shining brightly outside. Just make they’re fitted well and light isn’t creeping in from the sides.

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