Christmas Eve marks an exceptionally thrilling time of the year, albeit a challenging one when it comes to coaxing your little ones to sleep. The anticipation of Santa’s impending visit, coupled with the promise of potential toy deliveries, creates an atmosphere of great excitement. Factor in the sugary delights and festive activities that unfold throughout the day, and you have a recipe for restless excitement. While the notion of an early bedtime in anticipation of Santa’s arrival might work initially, it’s wise not to solely rely on this strategy. Consider implementing the following tips to ensure your children settle comfortably on this exhilarating night!
Encourage Physical Activity
Provide ample opportunities for your little ones to engage in exercise and outdoor play during the day on Christmas Eve. This helps dissipate the excess energy generated by the festive excitement. However, be cautious not to schedule these activities too close to bedtime, as it may hinder the settling process.
While the holiday season is synonymous with indulgence, it’s crucial to monitor sugar intake, especially in the evening. Excessive sugar consumption can lead to an energy surge right before bedtime, complicating the efforts to settle down.
Bedtime Routines on Christmas Eve:
Create a tranquil and quiet pre-bedtime routine that includes calming activities, such as playing a quiet game. Ensure that screen time is avoided at least one hour, preferably two, before bedtime. If the tradition involves placing out mince pies and carrots for Santa’s visit, make it an earlier part of the routine to minimise bedtime excitement.
Stick to your regular bedtime and established routine to minimise disruptions on this extraordinary night. Consistency helps prevent overtiredness, ensuring a smoother transition to sleep.
Approach the bedtime routine with a composed and consistent manner. Embrace the enchanting spirit of the season, and if possible, share in your children’s excitement. Consider a playful tweak to the morning routine, such as adjusting the Gro clock (or digital clock), allowing for a slight deviation without compromising the established rules.
In the pursuit of a well-deserved spot for “sleep” on your Christmas wishlist, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re here to assist in making Santa’s delivery of a restful night’s sleep a reality!
Wishing you a joyous and restful Christmas!