Say goodbye to sleepless nights and hello to sweet dreams with our fun and effective tips for 8-12 year olds. Our unique ideas will have your child drifting off to dreamland in no time.
Are you struggling to get your 8-12 year old to sleep like a baby? Do they (or you) wake up exhausted in the morning because they’ve struggled to fall asleep or their sleep quality is poor? We’ve got some fun and effective tips that will help your child sleep like a baby. From creating a bedtime ritual to making a sleep mask, these unique ideas will have your pre-teen child drifting off to dreamland in no time. So, let’s bid adieu to sleepless nights and hello to sweet dreams with our fun and creative bedtime solutions.
1. Create a bedtime ritual: Instead of just having a routine, create a special bedtime ritual that your child can look forward to each night. This could be something as simple as a special hand gesture you do with your child before they go to sleep. This will not only signal it’s nearly sleep time, but give them a sense of security and make bedtime feel like a special and cherished moment fostering connection and strengthening bonds. Sometimes it really is the little things that count!
2. Use a weighted blanket: Weighted blankets have been shown to have a calming effect on children, and can help them fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. Consider investing in a weighted blanket for your child’s bed. The added weight of the blanket simulates a comforting hug, which can help relax and calm your child.
3. Practice yoga or meditation: Yoga and meditation can help children intentionally relax and unwind before bed. Look for kid-friendly yoga videos online or find a children’s meditation app to use before sleep. Yoga and meditation can teach children how to focus on the present moment and let go of worries and stress, which is beneficial for a good night sleep.
4. Have a “no-tech” hour before bed: Instead of just limiting screen time, have a “no-tech” hour before bed where all electronics are turned off and the family engages in a non-tech activity together, such as playing a board game or reading a book. This will help your child disconnect from the stimulation of technology and relax their mind and body before bed. It can be a hard one to get older kids to buy into if they are used to being on screens right up to sleep, but it really can make the world of difference.
5. Make a cozy reading nook: Create a cozy reading nook in your child’s room where they can read before bed. Provide them with comfortable pillows, blankets, and a small lamp to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. Reading before bed can help relax the mind and body, and it is also a great way to bond with your child.
6. Make a sleep mask: Help your child make their own sleep mask using fabric and a few simple supplies. This will give them a sense of ownership over their bedtime routine and make it more special. It will also block out any unwanted light and make it easier for your child to fall asleep. Here’s a page that gives you more info and ideas.
7. Create a Sleep Time Playlist: Create a playlist of calming and soothing songs that your child can listen to before bed. This can help relax their mind and body and make it easier for them to fall asleep. A favourite audio book can also be good, but play one they have listened to before so they don’t keep themselves awake to find out what happens next!
8. Make a Sleepy Time Tea: Introduce your child to the concept of drinking a warm cup of tea before bed. You can make your own bedtime tea blend by mixing chamomile, lavender, and lemon balm. This will not only soothe their body but also make them feel like they are part of the bedtime ritual.
9. Encourage journaling before bed: Encourage your child to write down their thoughts, feelings and experiences of the day in a journal before bed. This will not only help them to process their day but also relax their mind and body, preparing them for sleep. You can also suggest them to write down their goals and dreams for the next day or for the future. Find out more here.
10. Keep bed for sleep: This one is huge. Try and keep the bed, if not the bedroom only for sleep time. This means no playing, potentially no reading (try the cozy reading nook from above instead) and definitely no screens or tv watching in bed. This trains the mind and body to recognise the bed is only for sleeping and so your child will be much more likely to find it easy to fall asleep quickly when they tuck themselves in for the night.
Getting 8-12 year olds to sleep doesn’t have to be a chore. With these fun and unique tips, you can make bedtime a positive and peaceful experience for your child. From creating a bedtime ritual to making a sleep mask, these ideas will have your child drifting off to dreamland in no time. So, let’s say goodnight to sleepless nights and hello to sweet dreams with our entertaining and effective bedtime solutions. Don’t forget to be patient and consistent, and remember that every child is different, so it may take some trial and error to find the perfect bedtime routine for yours. But with a little creativity and a lot of love, you’ll be able to help your child get the restful sleep they need to grow and thrive.
Want some more tips? Check out our blog on how to get kids to sleep in their own bed for more general information.