Shannon Glenn is the owner and founder of Sleep Well Children Consulting and a Certified Pediatric Sleep Specialist. She is dedicated to helping parents assist their children and babies in developing healthy sleep habits. With a B.A. in Psychology, Shannon has worked extensively with children and their families for over 15 years in a variety of settings. She has been offering sleep solutions for over six years.
Halloween Bedtime Tips
Halloween is here once again. Time for your little one to dress up in her favorite costume and show your neighbors her best manners for some yummy treats. Halloween is an evening activity and although it is a lot of fun, it can make sleep that night a little more challenging. Here are a couple of tips to make your Halloween go a little smoother this year.
Halloween Bedtime Tips:
If your little one is under the age of 3, try to stick to a regular bedtime and get out early even during the daytime to enjoy a little Halloween fun. Halloween is a late night (after 7 pm) activity and that can be hard for a young child to stay awake for.
If your child is over the age of 3, it is best to aim for a bedtime within an hour of what their normal bedtime is, but try not to rush the bedtime routine when you do tuck your child in. Due to all the fun of Halloween, it is important to give your child some time to unwind from all of that excitement so she can easily fall asleep and stay asleep.
Halloween Treat Tips:
What to do with all of that Halloween candy? We all know that too much candy is not good for anyone. It’s not good for our body, our teeth, and especially not good for our sleeping habits. If you have children over the age of 3, try this. Let them have whatever they want on the day of Halloween. If you don’t like that idea, allow for them to have a predetermined amount of candy that night. Then the next day have them keep a couple pieces of their Halloween loot and turn the rest into you for a toy or some other kind of non-food incentive. Check and see if your local dentist buys it, donate it somewhere, or find somewhere to send it. Its a win-win for everyone.
Hope you have a fun and safe Halloween!
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