How do you make the children sleep again if they wake up in the middle of the night?
There are times when the children wake up in the middle of the night and this is not good because if they stay awake they will lack sleep and becomes grumpy during the day. If they go to school, they can't concentrate too.
Solutions to this problem depend on the age of the child and the reason for the child waking. There are so many possibilities. It really helps to do a little detective work to discover what woke the child and eliminate any problems from that perspective. If the child is older, a sleepy day or two will not cause permanent damage and will probably result in a good nights sleep within a few days.
While I was going to school in the '70s in our home economics class we got to watch documentaries on drugs and alcohol, birth control and family planning and problems in child behaviour. One of the problems was waking up at night. The professionals suggested comforting the child in a calm and loving manner, turning on the light to make certain the child feels safe and it can see that there's nothing amiss and finally putting it back in bed. If the child still has a problem, then it would be wise to have a short story ready to read to him/her.
After that you must leave in a manner that the child understands this is it; time to sleep. By the way when the family atmosphere is for some reason hectic or tensed, the child will probably be so too. Make sure that the home environment is calm for the child in order to avoid fear and insecurity from festering inside him/her.
I'd suggest keeping your child in bed. Tell or read a story in a slow and soothing voice and incorporate a familiar lullaby that is associated w/ sleep. Slow stroking of the forehead and scalp while talking is also helpful. Avoid scary images which can even include visitations from fairies, angels and the sandman, believe it or not! Think of Mary Poppins when she told the children they could stay awake if they wished but sang of soft pillows, warm and deep. They were out in the blink of an eye!
I was lucky that my children slept all the way through the night till 9 am in the morning. I have heard from friends that they singing to their children since they are born and it helps to make them sleep well.
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