It is fairly common for younger children to have problems sleeping at night at certain times in their growing up. There are various things you can do to try to help improve this from giving them a good routine to the use of bed guardrails. Here we will look at some of the best ways to deal with this problem should it arise.
Firstly if you find that your child suddenly has problems getting to sleep or waking in the night then review the situation first before making any decisions. Has the child's routine changed or is there anything different in the child's life that may be at the root of the problem.
Children often need to have a routine and when they don't have one or theirs is disrupted then it can have a knock on effect in other areas of their life. Sleep can be affected if the child's bed time is not fixed. Children have body clocks just like adults and if this is affected by a mixed routine then their sleep can be affected.
If you find yourself in this situation then you just need to add a routine to the child's bed time. This may well involve having a bath before bed time and having it around the same time each night. Then give the child some quiet time so that they are relaxed and comfortable. This can be done by letting them watch some relaxing TV and/or by reading them a story once they get into bed.
When you put your child to bed always be sure to reassure them and check that they are relaxed and settled. If they are still young enough then make sure they have their favorite teddy or other cuddly toy which can keep them company.
You should also use some good bed guardrails that can prevent your child from rolling out of bed in the middle of the night once they are asleep. This will not only prevent injury but will avoid the stressful nature of the child waking themselves up and having a broken night's sleep. It will also avoid you being woken up and having your rest affected to.
When choosing bed guards you should consider which is going to be the most effective and comfortable for your child. Where possible go for a discreet guard as opposed to large wooden sides as this will make them feel like they are still in a cot.