One of the trickiest problems for parents of young children is how to settle them to sleep at night. If you live in a city or a busy neighbourhood, the noise from the streets alone can keep your little monsters up way past their bedtime.
The worst side effect of this is that they become overtired and irritable the next day and sometimes find it even harder to drift off for their midday naps. Cue the start of a nightmarish cycle.
One simple way to filter out the hubbub is to load up an Apple iPod Touch with your favourite audio books and lullabies. By playing music or stories quietly through speakers you can keep the background sounds in your child’s room constant, helping them drift off into a restful sleep.
We’re a musical household and I love to start the wind-down process by playing soft tunes to the babes at bath time. The combination of warm water, foamy bubbles and the Beatles or Bob Marley filling the room via iPod docking really helps to get them on an even keel.
However nothing beats storytime or a sing-song with mama before lights out, even when my voice is croaky with fatigue!
These are just a few suggestions and the main thing is to create your own nighttime routine by exploring some of the tried and tested methods, then figuring out what works best for you.
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