How to Get Siblings to Go to Sleep: 6 Steps - MakeSureHow
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A quiet, boring home is the key to getting siblings to bed.


It's enough of a struggle for parents to get one unruly child to fall asleep, let alone multiple siblings. The matter is further complicated when the siblings are on different schedules, including separate--and in the younger children's minds--unequal bedtimes. Consistency is the name of the game when it comes to successfully getting multiple children to fall asleep at a reasonable hour, which frees up time for that all-important date with unfolded laundry and dirty dishes.

Steps

  1. 1
    Hold a family meeting to discuss bedtimes. This is a tricky situation if you have siblings of wide age ranges, but it's critical that each understands with age comes the privilege of staying up later. Give everyone a fair bedtime based on their age, but keep in mind that according to WebMD, kids between the age of three and six require 10 to 12 hours of sleep a night.
  2. 2
    Create a bedtime routine for the toddlers and preschoolers in the family. Approximately one hour before bed, give the younger members of the brood a bath, read them a story and give each a little cuddle time before turning out the lights.
  3. 3
    Ask older children to keep it down after the younger members of the family are in bed. This often means restricting the older kids to their bedroom, so provide them with plenty of distractions in the form of magazines, books and television. Remind the older kids that this quiet time is an ideal opportunity to catch up on school work.
  4. 4
    Send the kids straight back to bed if any begin wandering the halls. No matter what the child's age, it's important that each follows the bedtime rules. Your older kids might protest, but in order to remain fair to the younger children, they must also adhere to the guidelines.
  5. 5
    Implement a “no talking” rule after the lights go out. If you hear whispers or giggling come from a shared bedroom, remind the kids that there's no talking after bedtime. If the talking continues, punish the kids through a loss of privileges, such as no television, video games or dessert for a set period of time.
  6. 6
    Reward the children for adhering to the bedtime routine and for going to bed at a reasonable hour. For the younger kids, this could mean access to television or a trip to the family's favorite ice cream shop.

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