Sleep training for Kids
(22 Jul 2020)

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Sleep training for Kids

No child is exactly the same. And what might work for one mother in creating bedtime routines, might not work for another. This morning, we chat to Jolandi Becker who’s the managing director of ‘Good Night’, a child sleep consultancy, that teaches babies how to sleep better and about the importance of establishing a sleeping routine for your little one – especially during lockdown. We asked Jolandi a few important questions:


Q: Why is having a healthy sleep routine particularly important for a child’s wellbeing and development?

Babies & children don't have any sense of time, so having a routine helps them know what is coming so that there is less uncertainty. Having good sleep puts them in a better mood and the growth hormone is secreted during sleep.  


Q: When should parents start a sleep training routine for their kids?

Sleep training is all about creating routines, schedules and positive sleep associations for your child to link to their sleep cycles. Just like every child is different, so is every parent. 


Q: And how does that sleeping routine change as the child gets older exactly? Can you be more flexible? 

The sooner you start, the better because the older children get, the higher resistence there is to training. 


Q: Does what you feed your child during the day affect their sleeping patterns? 

Nutrition is an important building block of sleep. The smaller your baby is, the bigger part hunger is going to play in their sleeping patterns becuase their bellies are still small. 


Q: If your 3 year old child is having sleeping challenges – and it’s a recurring problem – what can and should parents do?

When you're training your 3 year old, keep in mind that they are emotional beings and they feed off their parents emotions. If you're stressed, they'll feel stressed; if you're happy, they'll feel happy. This has an impact of their sleep. They feel fearful of being by themselves. Make extra one-on-one time with them to make them feel secure. At the same time, help them become independent. Do this by verbalizing what you want them to do. Discipline helps in this area. For example, "Close your eyes, sleep and keep quiet until the sun comes up". Until 5-6 years, childrens still require 11-12 hours of sleep at night. This means putting them to bed by 7.30pm. 

Jolandi shared lots of vital information with us. If you’re a parent struggling with a sleeping routine for your child and you need professional help, the Good Night team are ready to help.  
Visit www.goodnightbaby.co.za. 

 

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