What do you think: Bed-time

By admin
10 November 2014

We recently asked our Facebook SuperMoms if their kids have a certain set time that they need to be in bed, and what time they think is an age-appriopriate bed-time. Here’s their response...

We recently asked our Facebook SuperMoms if their kids have a certain set time that they need to be in bed, and what time they think is an age-appriopriate bed-time. Here’s their response...

What SuperMoms think:

Natasha Kisten-Skuce Sunday to Thursday night (school nights) 8pm for my 6-year-old and 9pm for my 10-year-old. On weekends we don't have set bedtimes.

Gabriella Weber I have a 2-year-old and he goes to be 19:30 Monday to Sunday.

Layla Ra'naa Haet Always, 7:30 for my 3-year-old and 8:00 for my 10-year-old, then its me time.

Safyia Tait 8pm for the 7 and 5-year-old. The 3-year-old keeps pushing her luck.

Noeleen Crerar Zeeman My 6-year-old & 7-year-old, both in bed by 7:30pm. Weekends, only Saturday till 9pm. I must admit, its always a lot easier to put them to bed in winter, summer sun goes down a lot later. But then again... The dying brain cells always works.

Estelle Hendricks Mathee Yes, toddlers by 7:00 and preschool as well. Older by 8:00. Worked for me and gave me time till 10:00 to spend with hubby or do whatever chores.

Jewels Lebo Pole Yes, they do. 8:00.

Nonhlanhla LoLo Mashigo Yes, 20:30.

Create a bedtime routine

  • Keep this time of day calm and quiet by limiting horseplay and excitement.
  • Do relaxing activities together such as watering the garden, doing a puzzle or playing “I spy”.
  • Try to serve supper at the same time every evening and perform the same activities until bedtime, for example reading a book.
  • Make tidying up part of the routine so they can learn to put toys and dishes away as part of the routine of sleeping.
  • Let them help you lay out pyjamas on the bed in preparation for putting them on and going to bed.
  • Have them take a bath before bedtime and add a drop of lavender or camomile oil to it. Limit the bath toys to simple stacking toys.
  • Wrap them tightly in a warm towel when finished and dry with deep, firm strokes which will help your child relax.
  • Have a favourite, calming song to sing before bedtime.
  • Try an infant massage after bath time. It is one of the most effective ways to calm anyone, including children, and it enhances parent-child bonding. The International Association of Infant Massage in SA (011-787-0681) can offer more information.
  • Put on some calming music such as lullabies.
  • Read together – this can be a calming exercise. Stick to age-appropriate stories or old favourites.
  • Give a firm goodnight after the last kiss and cuddle and leave while your child is still happily awake, not drowsy or asleep – otherwise you’ll create the expectation to always stay with them, which can become an issue later on, especially when they need to sleep out or if someone else is babysitting.

-        Compiled by Janine Nel and Dalena Theron

SOURCE: Sister Ann Richardson is the co-author of the books Baby Sense and Sleep Sense and the author of the book Toddler Sense (Metz Press: 2011 new edition). The above tips are available in the book and Sister Richardson also does workshops on the subject. More info at toddlersense.co.za.

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