A night spent at grandma and grandpa’s house is often a lot of fun for children. Kids may feel like they have more freedom and even get a little bit spoiled too. The change in environment and routine can make bedtime rituals difficult though, and kids may even try to push their limits, especially if they know how to work grandma and grandpa!
Here are seven helpful tips for making bedtime transitions easier:
- Keep kids busy with activities throughout the day. Play games, go outside, ride bikes, etc.
- Keep evening activities relaxing, and limit TV and electronics usage to at least 30 minutes before bedtime. Rather, read books, draw pictures, tell stories, do puzzles, etc. Choose calming activities that will help to wind them down before bed.
- Limit sweets and sugary drinks, especially after dinner and close to bedtime.
- If your grandchild normally has a bedtime snack, offer it 45 – 60 minutes before bedtime. Good snack options include unsweetened applesauce with cinnamon, banana with nut butter, plain whole milk yogurt with berries, deli turkey slices with avocado, and celery with nut butter and no sugar added dried fruit on top.
- Be as consistent as possible to what goes on at home. Stay firm and as faithful to their regular bedtime routine as possible.
- Keep the bedroom dark and block out as much light as possible. If the child is afraid of the dark and insists that a light be left on, use a small nightlight or leave a flashlight next to the bed. Alternatively, mode five of the NightWave Sleep Assistant serves as a great nightlight.
- A warm bath before bed also serves as a calming mechanism. Add lavender or eucalyptus essential oils to the tub to heighten the soothing effect.
For all the grandparents out there, what sort of things work and don’t work for you, and where do you struggle most with bedtime routines? Do you have any other tips that you would add to the list?
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