helping children sleep

Looking for a later summer bedtime...

Summer is here and school's are officially closed...no more alarms, no more rushing to get into school before the gates/door close, or cajoling (begging) little people to wear sun cream and a hat. At last we can have a little bit more flexibility!

how to help children sleep later

 

Of course if you are a working parent, you will still have some timelines to work to, but perhaps you would like to have a little more family time in the evening, and a slightly later wake up without school to rush to?

If so, then there is an easy way to add half an hour to your child's routine - IF they are sleeping well already.  If your child is early waking OR you are looking for help with a sleep issue, then you should have a read here  first, there may be other aspects that need looking at first.

**warning** For children with sleep issues, later bedtimes do NOT always stop early waking - in fact in some cases it can actually make it worse!

OK, lets assume your child is sleeping through and you just want that extra time... and that by having your child wake up half an hour later you will not be delayed for work-  then simply add 10 minutes to your child's usual bedtime every  two or three days. Go slowly and let them adapt and within the week you have your extra half an hour for summer :-)

The week before school starts in September, do the same in reverse to get back to "school" bedtime....but let's not think about that for now! :-)

Take care, and sleep well

Claire

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Why we dislike the term Sleep Training

We find the term sleep training too tough...

 Sleep training sounds like you and your child are heading to sleep boot camp.  "lay down in that bed and give me 12 hours."

 It is NOT how we work, because that is not how children and their families work.

 We prefer the terms sleep support (hence our name) sleep therapy, sleep coaching ,or maybe even sleep mentoring - but who would put that into google?

Quite honestly we keep the term " sleep training" in our content purely  because that is how most people "search" online - and we want to be found.

 Sleep training is not for us, because that's us "telling"  people something. We are passionate about working "with" families,  and "sharing" our knowledge and skills to empower parents and restore confidence and balance to sleep time for children and their families, without children being left  to cry alone.

sleep training

 However you say it, and whenever you do it - remember that supporting your child with sleep should always fit your parenting style. 

 Take care.