Hot Tips for getting little ones to sleep during the colder months

Hot Tips for getting little ones to sleep during the colder months
During winter it can be difficult getting the kids to sleep at night.  The cold plays a huge part in this, whether the kids are too cold to fall asleep or they wake up in the middle of the night, upset because of the drop in temperature. Winter can be a tough time on both you and your little one.  

You need your sleep, so here’s some easy sleep tips to get your little night owls back to z-land.

* Make sure they have a warm shower or bath prior to getting into bed. Be sure to dry hair completely if you wash it!

* Hot water bottles are great. You can even dress them up in different covers so your little one has a new friend every night to cuddle up with.

* Some mattresses will steal the heat out of their little bodies from underneath. To combat this, place one or more thick blankets underneath their fitted sheet when you make the bed. This keeps the blankets from sliding, keeps them clean, and insulates them all around.

* Make sure the bed is off the ground and away from any exterior wall. Walls conduct the cold from the growth of mildew and increases the chances of condensation forming around you, making it both colder and increasing health problems.

* You’ve heard that a warm glass of milk packs a sleep-inducing punch, but did you know that bananas, turkey, peanuts and yoghurt are also loaded with sleep-triggering tryptophan-rich properties. Give them any of the above about 30 minutes before bed-time and your kid will be sleepy and full for a good night’s sleep.

* Warm, cozy feet are a natural human sedative. So layer on the fuzzy socks and bunny slippers when suiting up the kids in their PJs.

* Instead of reading your kids a story, tell them a story once they are in bed with the lights off. Have them lounge back, close their eyes and relax as they listen. They may just fall asleep before you finish.

If your child is still having trouble sleeping, check out this article for further tips on how much sleep children need: Is your child getting enough sleep?
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