One of the toughest parts of parenting is having a child who can’t sleep. Most parents know the usual tricks to induce sleep, such as limiting screen time before bed, giving kids a warm bath, and following a calming evening routine such as snuggling up to read books together.
There are also some unique products you can try, to help kids relax and nod off. These can be especially helpful for kids who can’t get to sleep due to worries, or a fear of having nightmares.
It’s quite common for children, at some stage, to develop a fear of bad dreams when they’re young. If your child experiences anxiety at bedtime, a dream catcher may provide some extra comfort and a sense of control over his or her night time insecurities. They can be a fun reminder to have in the child’s bedroom to promote good thoughts, and feelings of safety and protection. A lot of young children love the idea of an object having “magical” powers!
Simply hang in your child’s window or above the bed, and share the story of these magical webs…
“Dream catchers have been used to help children with sleep for hundreds of years. They originated with the Ojibwe nation in North America. Your dream catcher’s job is to catch all the bad dreams that keep you awake at night. it will catch them in it’s web and hold them tight until morning so you can get a good night’s sleep! When the morning comes, all the bad dreams will burn away in the morning sunlight, never to be seen again.”
Reassure your child that it’s normal to have bad dreams or sad thoughts sometimes, and that you are always there to help them.
Worry Dolls date back to Mayan culture and tradition.
The aim of worry dolls is to help children deal with their worries by saying them out loud, and then ‘putting them away’. This ritual can be deeply soothing for an anxious child, and can give them a sense of control over situations that are causing them stress.
Here’s how to help your child let go of their worries before going to sleep:
- A child feeling any kind of worry or anxiety holds a doll and tells the doll about his/her specific worry. The worry is then ‘transferred’ to the doll.
- The worry doll is then placed under the pillow. Some children prefer to place the doll in its bag beside the bed.
- Sometimes, the child caresses the doll’s tummy a few times so that his/her worries don’t ‘hurt’ it.
- The child can then sleep tight, knowing that the doll is now doing the worrying for him/her.
- Some children prefer to have a separate doll for each worry or fear. Others will tell all their worries to that particular doll.
Our Worry Dolls are hand crafted in Guatemala, and are a fair trade product.
At the Calm Store, we are always happy to offer advice to our customers about selecting the right products for their needs. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any other questions about items to help children sleep.