7 Tips for Better Sleep for Your Child
Tip #2 - Prepare for the Bedtime Ritual
Always prepare for your child's bedtime ritual by limiting caffeine and chocolate, as they can keep your child awake. Sugary or caffeinated snacks and drinks should not be consumed past dinnertime, if at all.
You also want to make sure that you limit intake of fluids so that they don't find it necessary to use the bathroom. A good rule is at least 2 hours before bedtime; all fluids are stopped, if possible.
Make sure the child's room is ready for them with low lights if you are going to read or even have the lights off if you are going to tell stories. A dark room prepares the child ahead of time and is easier to fall asleep in.
It's a good idea to remind your child that the bedtime ritual is going to begin. This prepares your child so they can wrap up what they are doing. About 20 to 30 minutes before the bedtime ritual, set a timer or use a picture card to let them know that bedtime is just around the corner.