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9 Steps to Making Kids Bedtime Easier

January 16, 2013

Childrens Bed Centres are a family business, and the majority of their employees have families of their own.  Childrens Bed Centres understand the rigours of being a parent and have spent a great deal of time researching, listening to feedback from customers and considering personal experiences when designing their range of children’s beds and kids bedroom furniture.  Over the years while compiling this research and designing new and improved kids beds such as the popular cabin bed, Childrens Bed Centres have learnt a lot about the troubles experienced by parents when trying to get their children to sleep and have formulated some pointers to guide parents in the right direction.  The CBC 9 steps to making kids bedtime easier:

1)    Be positive about sleep.  Sleep is a necessity, but this doesn’t have to make it a chore.  Children pick up on the fact that parents put sleep off when they are busy and have other things to do, and bedtime should never be associated with a punishment.  For example threats like “If you keep behaving that way you will be sent to bed early” will not help with the bedtime routine.  Think of sleep more positively and express that in front of your children, by saying things like; “I feel much better after a good night’s sleep” or “I can’t wait to go to bed and dream”.  Children often think of bedtime as boring, but something to encourage them to sleep like a good book before bedtime or the adventure of climbing in to an exciting cabin bed, four poster princess bed or tent bed to sleep may help to persuade them.

2)      Make sure kids get enough exercise earlier in the day so that they feel tired when it comes to bedtime.  Once a certain age is reached afternoon naps should be avoided, so that good quality sleep is experienced when they are in their bed at night.

3)    Create a calming personal environment by making a child’s bedroom a relaxing place they can call their own and investing in a practical but attractive children’s bed and bedroom furniture.  A matching storage bed, kids wardrobe and desk to complete homework for instance, will make them feel older and act more grown up at bedtime. The right bedding and bedroom furnishings can make a kids bedroom unique - a space they can be proud of.

4)    Avoid any activities that are too exciting within at least an hour of bedtime.  Getting your child all worked up before bedtime is not going to help them sleep.  A calm game, a bath or a book while lying in their kids bed would be ideal, and it’s best to keep to the same relaxing routine every night.

5)    Avoid food too close to bedtime and certainly avoid anything containing caffeine or sugar, such as sweets or fizzy drinks.  If a child is hungry then going to bed on an empty stomach can actually make it harder to sleep, so something simple such as cereal or an alternative small healthy snack should be okay.  If your child likes to have a drink to take to bed, water or milk is best, which can be kept on a bedside cupboard or somewhere close to hand.

6)    Have a set bedtime, make sure children are aware of when bedtime is, and stick to it.  Routine is the key to a successful sleep pattern and this is achieved by ensuring you stick to the same bedtime at night.  Each night pleasantly remind them by saying something like, “It’s 8.15, and so it’s bedtime in 15 minutes.”

7)    Put your child to bed say goodnight and then leave the room.  Avoid getting into bad habits such as staying in the room while they go to sleep or singing them to sleep, as this sets a precedent and they may be unable to sleep without this comfort.  If a child has concerns when going to bed a favourite teddy, blanket, poster, flashlight etc. could be the comfort or the ‘protection’ if they have any worries.

8)    Put your child back to bed gently and resolutely if your child gets out of bed after being put to sleep.  This may be a bit of a battle for a few days, but hold your ground.  Children will eventually give up if every time they get up they are put straight back to bed.  Equally if they stay in bed but call for attention, unless it’s something urgent they should be ignored or told firmly in a whisper that it is bedtime.  Giving them attention every time they call will encourage them to keep trying.

9)    Make their bed comfortable and get the most out of sleep.  We spend a third of our lives asleep, and for children this is often more.  Children must be comfortable in their kids bed and sleep on a mattress which properly supports them.  A waterproof mattress protector can be beneficial when little accidents happen to reduce embarrassment and protect a mattress for longevity.  Children’s bedding should be warm and cosy but at the same time not make children too hot or restrict movement during the night.  If your house is cold, consider investing in a children’s quilt or bedspread and perhaps some cushions and quality lined kids curtains to add depth and warmth to their room.

Quality sleep is important for both children and parents.  Children are often better behaved and able to concentrate better in school when they get enough quality sleep.  Parents in turn sleep better when they know their children are sleeping peacefully and doing well.


Making Children's Bedtimes Easier

Childrens Bed Centres 9 Steps to Making Kids Bedtime Easier


These steps are ideas are based on the personal experiences of families in an effort to assist other parents with the often difficult task of getting children to sleep.  We are not healthcare professionals or sleep experts and make no guarantees that these methods will be suitable for your child.  For more articles related to children visit