Sleeping through the night once they start Childcare
Starting childcare opens up a whole new world to your child, which can come with the inherent anxieties and need for adjustment we all feel in times of change. The shift to childcare can manifest into sleeping difficulties for a young mind.
Educational and Leadership Manager and spokesperson, Kristy Busuttil from First Grammar discusses the essentials to help you and your child sleep at night once they have started childcare. Here is her checklist to help your child sleep easy..
- Talk about your child’s teachers and day at their childcare in general, discussing with positive reinforcement the activities and other elements that comprised their day.
- You should also develop a rapport with your child’s teacher where possible, and speak with them about the sort of day (including the day’s learning topics and activities) it was so that you can later extend on the day’s discussions with your child. Positive discussion will help alleviate or bring to light any anxieties your child may feel in such a new environment.
- If age appropriate, adopt a reward sticker chart if sleeping through the night is successful. This will in many cases replicate the reward systems of your day-care and foster continuity.
- Read to your child at night, particularly calm and soothing stories.
- Discuss with your child the importance of the routine at bedtime.
- Use a night-light if you deem it necessary.
- Use little reassurances and positive verbal directions.
- Acknowledge signs of tiredness and respond promptly- these include rubbing eyes, yawning, whinging, crying, rapid mood changes from cheerful to tearful, or being fussy with food.
- Use comforters such as a favourite soft toy.
- Keep a family photo of close immediate family beside your child’s bed.
- Parents can sit with the child for reassurance at the end of the bed, beside the bed, in the middle of the room by the doorway, or just outside the room until the child is sound asleep.
- Play relaxing background music in the room or from another room.
- Spray the room with lavender or place a few drops of lavender on your child’s pillowcase.
- Begin using a Himalayan salt crystal lamp as these are known to improve the quality of the air by producing negative ions, which are good for our health.
- Give your child a warm bath with a relaxing essential oil in the bath before bedtime.
- Give your child a full body massage using a relaxing essential oil.
- Burn aromatic oils for relaxation-a choice from the list below is best for rest.
Relaxing essential oils suggestions
Bergamot: soothing, uplifting, and good for tension and depression
Chamomile: Calming, suitable for insomnia
Jasmine: a stimulant or a sedative, according to need
Lavender: very useful and popular oil, used in relaxing and as an antidepressant and painkiller
Lemon Balm: Long used to banish melancholy: it balances the emotions
Rosemary: Refreshing and stimulating
Sandalwood: Used as an antidepressant and aphrodisiac
Vetiver: balances the nervous system, good for insomnia
Ylang Ylang: Calming: used as an aphrodisiac and good for panic attacks