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7 Ways to Help Your Child Get Better Sleep & Stay Dry

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Help Your Child Get Better Sleep

To ensure that kids will thrive and be at their best during the day, they need to get a restful and uninterrupted night of sleep.

The quality of their sleep will have a big impact on their overall brain health. Studies have shown that it’s one of the keys to our child’s entire well-being. Sleep affects children’s ability to manage emotions, regulate behaviour, integrate information, and focus.

Whether your kids are experiencing bad dreams or nighttime wetting, disruptive sleep can put your child’s development at risk. Their brains will lack the rest needed to grow optimally. Their insulin levels and metabolism may become imbalanced, and their immune functions can become compromised.

sleep doesn’t need to be elusive for our kids.

You can help them get into healthy sleep habits and pre-bedtime routines so that they become hard-wired into their brain system for life.

I had the pleasure of meeting Child and Family Therapist, Michele Kambolis last year at the GoodNites event at Great Wolf Lodge Niagara. She shared her story with us and taught us how to help our kids if they are experiencing nighttime wetting.

Read on for her tips and 7 ways you can help your child get better sleep! Because if they’re rested, it will be a good day for everyone, right

1. Set a Clear and Concise Transition Time

Creating a transition that helps them to get accustomed to unwinding is essential. Shut down homework, technology and high drive activity, opting instead for calming activities like bath time and reading. This signals your child’s brain to slow down and relax.

When they’re ready, allow your child to be independent with their nighttime routine to ensure they learn how to settle in on their own. Encourage them to brush their teeth on their own or read independently for 10-15 minutes before bed.

2. Create a Sleep-Inducing Environment

A child’s language is play, and toys are their words – so imagine how fired up their brain system becomes as they scan a room lined up with stimulating toys.

Instead, try placing toys in bins, well out of sight, and transition their room into a low-key environment with soft sheets, fuzzy socks, and relative quiet.

If your child is afraid of the dark, try a dim nightlight or glow-inthe-dark wall stickers to keep them comfortable without disturbing their sleep.

3. Limit the Lingering

Children are notorious nighttime lingerers. I know that my youngest will find any excuse with endless requests for a snack, a glass of water, another trip to the bathroom or just one more hug. Though I am a sucker for one more hug. I’ll admit!

Once you’ve filled your child up emotionally with that nighttime bonding time, let them know when they’ve reached the bedtime bottom line with a “last call for questions.

Setting those final limits and ticking to them will give your little lingerer the firm message that their sleep is more important than extend-a-play.

4. Teach Self-Soothing

When children finally fall into bed and tune into their internal cues, they can become bombarded with a flurry of thoughts. Irrational fears and un-metabolized worries from the day can trigger high brain activity, disrupting both sleep and your child’s peace of mind.

Remind your child to snuggle up to their comforting stuffed animal or blanket.

Additionally, teaching children mindful diaphragm breathing, progressive relaxation, visualization and other techniques proven to calm their nervous system, can set them up for not only a good’s night sleep, but also a lifetime of well-being.

5. Have a “non-reaction” Reaction

Children can become discouraged when wet bed sheets follow daytime dryness. They may feel stressed, disappointment, or embarrassed.

React with reassurance, and allow your child to lean into you emotionally. Reinforce your support with encouragement by letting them know it’s not their fault and that you’re happy to help them get cleaned up.

As a child, I experienced this and I know the shame that I felt. Luckily, my parents didn’t make a big deal of it and helped me get cleaned up. As I grew, my bladder did as well and thankfully, we were able to overcome it.

If I had been yelled at or scolded, I would have felt so much worse. My girls never experienced nighttime wetting but, if they had, I would have definitely have had a “non-reaction” reaction.

6. Increase Comfort

We know that kids need uninterrupted sleep to thrive. However, this is a challenging obstacle for nighttime wetters. Nighttime wetting is an inevitable part of growing up (and it’s more common than you think), but it doesn’t have to be stressful.

The best thing you can do for a child who experiences nighttime wetting is to manage the condition and instill a stress-free bedtime routine.

Help your child understand that nighttime wetting is not their fault and is something their bodies will grow out of naturally. Explain to them that is is a phase and with time, it will get better.

Nighttime wetting affects one out of six children, is more common in boys, and is hereditary (there’s a 77% chance that a child will wet the bed if both parents did as a child).

Just as children develop fine motor skills and language skills at different rates, they develop bladder control on their own schedules, as well.

7. Manage Overnight Disruptions

You can help them by using GoodNites® Bedtime Pants to help your child feel secure and relaxed before bed, while allowing them to sleep through the night.

They’re plush and super absorbent to help keep kids dry and comfortable all night, no matter what sleep position they prefer.

Waking up dry may have positive effects on your child’s self-esteem while easing stress (especially during sleepovers). The GoodNites® Bedtime Pants are a perfect way to transition your potty-trained child, too.

The discreet design looks and feels like regular underwear with graphics your child will love wearing. The absorbent zones are perfect for targeted nighttime capacity intake so your child feels comfortable and confident all night long.

Now you are armed with tips to help your child get better sleep.

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How do you help your child to get better sleep?

Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!

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  1. One thing that helps my baby get to sleep is white noise. Helps soothe and cover up household sounds.

  2. Sophie sleeps best if her room is cool and she has her fan on. The noise helps her sleep.

  3. We have an air purifier or fan running to provide white noise, keep the bedroom cool and have a set bedtime routine.

  4. I think it’s important to wind down before bed to help get better sleep. Listening to relaxing music and reading stories is what we do.

  5. I find my kids sleep best when they have some white noise in their rooms after a calming bed time routine

  6. My grandson is at the age where he is being potty trained and GoodNites would be a welcome help .

  7. We have a magic “nighttime” spray that my daughter likes to use on her pillow, water with a lavender scent. She loves the ritual of spraying it before bed. It really helps her.

  8. The best way to sleep is keep the child on schedule – we found if they stray away from schedule he can’t sleep.

  9. Make sure they don’t drink too much liquids before bedtime and reading them a bedtime story helps them fall asleep faster!

  10. I’m sorry i have no tips. I have tried everything and nothing works. That is why I am here-to get tips for help.

  11. If our little guy is having trouble falling to sleep, I rub his back and it helps to relax him.

  12. The one that works well for me is setting up the environment for them to calm down and relax.

  13. We try not to give too much liquid before bedtime and before i retire fr the night i get them up to pee as this helps prevent bed wetting for us.

  14. We trained him to be independent sleeper from the beginning. So now he’s able to sleep by himself with no worries.

  15. we are stuck. my 3 year old is potty trained in the day but at night it’s a complete different story. looking for tips here

  16. We have a routine that we follow every night that helps my son get to sleep. We have dinner, followed by bathtime and then we read 3 books and it’s time for bed. We have the same bedtime, even on weekends. Routine has really helped, there is no whining to stay awake, he knows what’s going to happen and when.

  17. Keep each night’s activities similar if possible – easier for the child to sleep if there’s consistency!

  18. Bedtime stories is a must for now. Hopefully as he gets older we can wean him off of them. Or have him read.

  19. There was one night where he made a boo boo in his bed. Luckily we had a waterproof mattress cover. We made sure he wasn’t embarrassed and it’s pretty common for his age.

  20. Children need at least 10 hours of sleep in order to have proper rest. A consistent early bedtime should be introduced early on.

  21. Usually try to make sure he goes to the washroom prior to bedtime to make sure everything is out. Trying to make it a routine.

  22. We like to sing our kids songs before bedtime to relax them and then we rub their backs slightly to get them a bit sleepy.

  23. Limit stimulation at night – try to avoid screen time or too much play so they can have a good night sleep!

  24. I try to limit the amount of liquids at least an hour before bedtime and I use a plastic mattress cover, just in case of accidents.

  25. MY baby boy loves a good storytime and before that we make sure we limit fluids and make sure he goes potty.

  26. Giving our young grandkids a nutritious snack before bedtime helps them to sleep through the night.

  27. Routine works so well for my grandkids,and limited liquids after dinner helps with bed wetting

  28. We turn on a light night so it makes it easier for them to see if they have to go and isn’t scared.

  29. For us following a routine is best at nighttime. My eldest has a bath, brushes teeth, gets into pjs then we read a book or two. Sometimes she likes us to stay and lay with her for a minute, but she knows it is time to sleep now.

  30. Make sure if they make a boo boo that we don’t embarrass him and it’s pretty normal for his age. Just need to help train him to go at night.

  31. My kids sleep better with noise,we have a routine of story reading before bed to settle the kids !

  32. I good bedtime story helps them go into deep sleep and make sure they dont need to go before bed 🙂

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