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Bedtime Routine

Tips for a Peaceful Night's Sleep for Your Child

According to the National Sleep Foundation, kids 6 to 13 years old need 9 to 11 hours of sleep every night, meaning your child is asleep for well over a third of her life!

Thinking about it that way, it is clear helping our kids get a peaceful night’s rest is an important part of every parent’s job. Here are a few tried-and-true approaches we take in our house to help our five kids sleep soundly, while also enjoying the few moments we have with them at bedtime:

  • Set the stage for good sleep. An hour before bedtime, we start settling the house down. The television is turned off, teeth are brushed, and everyone heads upstairs for quiet chatting or reading. I give regular warnings that bedtime is coming and head in for a story, tuck in time and lights out. In your house the routine may be different, but the idea is the same; come up with a routine that clearly says “bedtime is coming!” and make the house as calm as possible.
  • Make sure your kids are comfortable. Soft pajamas, fresh bedding, a room temperature not too hot or too cold, and a loving tuck-in can help all kids feel snug and ready for sleep.
  • Ease nighttime fears. If you’ve ever found yourself wound up after watching a tense movie or worried late into the night about bills, you know how hard it can be to fall asleep when something is bothering you. It’s no different for children. Give them a chance to talk about whatever is on their minds before bed, and, if necessary, help them think through solutions to deal with problems worrying them.
  • Staying dry at night. If your child sometimes wets the bed, wearing GoodNites® Bedtime Pants or GoodNites* TRU-FIT* Underwear to sleep in is a great way to help her feel secure and relaxed and set the stage for a peaceful rest. Kids don’t wet the bed on purpose. They deserve to be comfortable at night and to have the confidence that comes with knowing they’ll wake up in a dry bed. It will also give you the reassurance to put nighttime wetting into perspective and focus on the moments that really count at bedtime.

It may take a little work to get everyone used to your nighttime routine, but a restful night’s sleep is well worth it for both you and your child. Comfort, confidence and relaxation are the recipe for a peaceful and special night.

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