DAILY QUIET TIME HELPS KIDS SLEEP BETTER AT NIGHT
Even if the days of napping are over for your toddler, keeping this space of time sacred can boost your toddler’s sleep at night. Toddlers often begin to resist naps when they think they’re missing out on playtime. You can’t force them to sleep, but you can create an atmosphere for rest. Daily quiet time, in place of nap time or in addition to, has many benefits for kids:
- helps growing bodies and brains recharge
- increases attention span
- decreases irritability and becoming overtired (overtired kids sleep less at night)
- decreases likelihood of getting hurt or injured
- playing alone is essential to a child’s development
- learning how to entertain oneself is vital to becoming a happy individual
- better behavior
- 75% of diseases and disorders are related to stress – quiet time reduces stress
- a crucial aspect of the development of independence
- Studies show that children who know how to fill their time alone rarely feel isolated or lonely. Instead, they learn to be content with whatever situation is at hand and truly have fun being creative in the moment.
HOW TO DO IT:
Set the stage and make your child’s quiet time atmosphere special:
*Play soft music
*Set aside an hour or two for nap or quiet time
*Forgo TV, video and games – do not include electronics!
*Have a plan and give your child things to do
*Go with books, puzzles, blocks, coloring books, crayons and imaginative play – keep it simple and less stimulating
*Use a digital clock or timer to signal when quiet time is over
*Be consistent – even on weekends when possible
*Define your unique parameters – will your child be confined to the bedroom or may he or she roam the house? It’s up to you!
*Remind your child that you are not involved in quiet time
SPECIAL NOTE: Start planning your own quiet time! You need it as much as your child does.
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