Feb 1, 2022

How to Create a Relaxing Sleeping Environment for Your Child

You may have heard the horror stories of parents that said goodbye to a good night's sleep after they had their kids, but you can turn things in your favor. This is by creating a relaxing sleeping environment for your child in which they will be able to sleep longer and get more rest. Here are five ways in which you can do this and reclaim nights of good sleep for your whole family.

Fresh, Soft Sheets

The very first tip is to invest in fresh, soft sheets. Doing this will cater to your child's comfort and make it easy for them to get comfortable fast and stay as warm or as cool as they need to in order to sleep well. The fact that about 75% of people say that they sleep more comfortably through the night when they have sheets with a fresh scent should show you how big of an influence sheets can have on the quality of sleep. Coordinate their colors with the rest of the decor in your child's room for an overall good look, and make sure you have a few to change when you take used ones off to wash them.

Soft Wall Colors

To make sure that your child isn't visually overstimulated when it's time to catch some Zs, paint the walls of their room a soft color. Doing this will also make it easier to decorate the room and maintain the theme you set. Since a single gallon of paint can cover anywhere from 25 to 44 square yards depending on the color chosen and the type of paint, you can expect to spend a reasonably low amount on painting the room or repainting it when it gets old. Spare the loud and fun colors for activity rooms like the playroom or even the bathroom, as they will not have an effect on your child's ability to fall and stay asleep.

White Noise

Investing in a white noise machine will be helpful in getting your kids to fall asleep faster and more deeply. This is because the white noise will greatly reduce other sporadic noises that may wake a sensitive child, such as barking dogs and fighting cats in the street at night. Blaring horns and other noises will also be taken care of, and the occupants of a room with a white noise machine will enjoy hours of uninterrupted sleep.

Comfortable Temperature

A comfortable temperature is important for a good quality of sleep, and the adjustments you have to make for this will depend on the general temperature of the area you live in. If it's hot, you will do well to cool the room down, and if it's cold, you will need to warm it up. Take care not to dry the air out while doing this by making use of a humidifier if necessary. The wrong temperature will have your child waking up too early and being restless throughout the night, and with 90% of newly built homes in the United States having central air, you will find it easy to set the right temperature for everyone in the family from a single point.

Consistent Nighttime Routine

Children thrive on routines, as predictability gives them comfort. With this in mind, you need to start a nighttime outline that you will do every night with your kids before bedtime. This will help calm them down and keep them stable and relaxed enough to fall asleep easily. You may start routines such as reading them bedtime stories after a warm bath to help them wind down, and they will respond positively by sleeping better.

With the tips above, you can greatly reduce the time it takes to get your child to go to sleep. Give each one a try and stick to the one that works, changing it if the need to do so arises at some point, and you will all enjoy better nights.

Devin is a writer and an avid reader. When she isn't lost in a book or writing, she's busy in the kitchen trying to perfect her slow cooker recipes. You can find her poetry published in The Adirondack Review and Cartridge Lit.

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