7 parenting mistakes when it comes to putting kids and babies to bed

7 parenting mistakes when it comes to putting kids and babies to bed

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Bedtime for children can become a real battle. Children are capable of creating the most extravagant ideas and excuses for not going to bed: 'I want to drink water, I need to pee, five more minutes, there is a monster in the closet' ...

That time of day when parents are exhausted and need a break, children and babies seem to get activated: they cry, run out of bed, throw tantrums and invent strategies to avoid the moment. Why is this happening? What are we doing wrong?

How can we get children to sleep alone? For brave parents there is that method according to which you leave the room and do not come cry what cries. For more sensitive parents in we have another method: see where we failed to be able to put a solution. Here are 7 errors with their 7 solutions:

1- Not having a routine: routines are essential during childhood and in this case much more. Children have to go to bed at the same time and follow the same guidelines, be it reading a story, saying some loving phrases and singing a lullaby. It should be a ritual that the child wants and enjoys.

2- Putting the children to bed very late: they should rest between 13 and 15 hours depending on their age, otherwise they will be tired, irritable and will mount tantrums and tantrums for minor things.

3- Rocking or cradling the baby in your arms, even putting him to sleep: Sometimes we resort to the temptation to sleep the baby in our arms, it is easier that way, but we are preventing it from acquiring a sleep pattern by itself. He will get used to sleeping in our arms and will no longer want to stay in the crib.

4- To waver and not show firmness: sometimes in the face of a tantrum, we let the child leave the room and fall asleep watching television with us, or we sleep with him. We do whatever it takes to make him stand still, fall asleep and not cry. However, this weakness of ours will be exploited by the children and they will know that in this way they win the battle.

5- Scream and lose patience: What do we do in the case of children who get out of bed again and again? Sometimes we lose patience and yell at them. However, it is not the way, psychologists recommend us to put the child back to bed again and again, without screaming, with tranquility. And we will carry out this process as many times as necessary, without losing our cool. Consistency is essential.

6. Not trying to understand why it happens: Sometimes the child is afraid of bedtime because he is haunted by fears, of the dark, of being alone, of monsters ... We have to talk to him to help him overcome those fears. We can leave a small light on if that reassures him and, above all, remind him that we are in the next room and that nothing is going to happen to him.

7. Children must be sleepy: The child will not want to go to bed if he is previously doing some activity that is upsetting him or if he has slept a lot during the day? The time to go to sleep has to be a relaxing moment, with the house quiet without great noise or games.

Finally, what to do if the child goes to bed without problems but wakes up every night? Here we leave it to your choice, you have two options: if you are a supporter of co-sleeping, let him sleep with you for the duration of this phase or if you prefer him to sleep in his bed, accompany him and reassure him with loving words so that he can go back to sleep.

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