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#BH5MinFix: Tips to Help Kids Fall Asleep Fast

#BH5MinFix: Tips to Help Kids Fall Asleep Fast

Being a parent is one of the best jobs in the world but it can have its trying moments too. Our #BH5MinFix series is a resource where you can find and share solutions for the everyday challenges that are a reality when raising kids. Every week we choose a common parenting struggle and invite you to share your best tip for it on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels. This week we focused on children’s sleep and ways to help children fall asleep quickly.

We asked parents in our online community to share:

Help Kids Fall Asleep Fast

We received a flood of responses, thank you to everyone who joined the discussion! Here’s a sampling of the many great tips we heard. If your child seems to take a while to drift off to sleep, some of these tips may help them fall asleep more quickly:

HOW TO HELP KIDS FALL ASLEEP FAST

Erin: “Lots of activity for at least an hour before dinner/bath/bed time.”

Brandi: “Everybody goes to bed at the same time, if Mom and Dad are asleep then the kids don’t think they are missing out.”

Lakenya: “Lights/TV out after dinner, bath, and 15 mins play/story time always works in my household!”

Sharleen:Sticking to a routine; bath w/ lavender lotion, teeth brushed, flossed, etc., night lights, calming noise maker machine (my little one liked the sound of water), 2 books of their choosing, & one or two lullabies while I rub their back.”

Oceandreamer81: “Walk them through relaxing their muscles. Play ocean waves or piano music.”

Sarah: “We meditate!”

Brittney: “Soft classical music. Rubbing backs!”

Sergine:Humming. It still works for my 10 year old boy!”

Jill: “The same bedtime routine….Get started at the same time each night. I swear this has been the magic bullet for us, even when we travel!”

Thanks again to all who shared their tips! We invite you to take part in next week’s #BH5MinFix. On Mondays, keep an eye out for the blue card (like the one above) on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. On it we share the theme and discussion question for the week. Join the conversation by responding with your best tip any time Monday-Friday. Then check back here on Saturday to read a round-up of the solutions that were shared!

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3 comments

  1. Sho Sun February 10, 2016 at 8:52 am

    I would like to get tips from other parents on what they do if their kid does not sleep through the night? My 6 yr old daughter does not sleep through the night. She wakes up at 2am or 4am constantly and walks to our bedroom. I would then have to go back, tuck her in, sometimes stay till she falls asleep. At other times, she is in my bed at that time when my husband is travelling and I am too tired to go back and tuck her in. Please advise. Thanks!

  2. Emily Tamlyn May 31, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    Meditation? Come on! I find this anecdotal advice to be overly simplistic and unhelpful. A better post would be some evidence-based studies on how to get kids to sleep quickly. It should be more targeted based on age as well. If all it took was lavender soap and a back rub we would have no zombie sleep-deprived parents in this country.

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