10 Tips for Helping a Child Fall Asleep
If you've ever laughed at the hit book, "Go the **** to Sleep" you know the challenge of getting a child to sleep. Here are 10 fantastic tips from real parents.
They're supposed to have a calming influence on children.
Allow children to absorb natural light and their brains to adjust to the natural rhythms of seasonal changes. Artificial light can interfere with their ability to recognize when they should get tired.
It's as much for you as it is for them. This book by a Swedish scientist gives great tips for preparing the body for sleep.
This mineral is important for sleep.
This is what Brazilians give their children to help them sleep.
Regulating blood sugar levels helps kids fall asleep and stay asleep.
Most children relax immediately when lightly stroked on their faces. If that doesn't work, try rolling them on their tummy and rubbing their back.
Lavender, Marjoram, Peppermint and Eucalyptus are particularly recommended.
Depending on whether it's age appropriate advice for your child (you decide) if none of the above work you may just need to get them a soft touch lamp and allow them to look at pictures or read until they feel sleepy. Sometimes the best you can do for someone is make a sleep-welcoming environment. You can't force sleep on someone.