One of the most common issues parents of kids aged 0-5 ask me about is sleep. Kids under five have a lot going on, so it often translates into their sleep cycles. If your baby, toddler, or preschooler takes forever to fall asleep, tosses and turns, has nightmares, or gets up in the middle of the night, you need to keep reading.
Do Relaxing Yoga Two Hours Before Bedtime
Timing is important to ensuring this works to your child’s benefit. Night time exercise should be low impact and be no closer than an hour or two before bedtime. I’ve found doing a 10 or 20 minute yoga routine two hours before bedtime is what works for my own baby, toddler, and preschooler. The poses chosen should be ones that don’t require high energy, as those will instead keep them awake.
So here, you want to choose simple relaxing stretches, like half-sun salutation, child’s pose, legs up the wall, downward facing dog, puppy pose, cross-legged forward fold, and savasana. We like to end with savasana and spend a little extra time here, since it is relaxing.
Meditate To Yoga Singing Bowls And Binaural Beats
This is the step where my kids always go to sleep fast. Yoga singing bowls and binaural beats have a way of speaking to the brain for various purposes. We like to use Spotify to create our playlists so that we can play the music in whatever order we need. We choose binaural beats that are covered with yoga singing bowls, thunderstorms, and other healing music.
These can be chosen for very specific purposes, such as anxiety and sleep. I choose which ones to play for the kids based on what they need that night. If there isn’t a specific need, I choose general sleep and healing beats. Then, the kids get settled and lay down to meditate. Some children may need a thought to focus on for meditation.
They may fall asleep during meditation. That’s normal and okay. It’s actually what you want. Babies and younger kids may not participate in meditation in the same way as kids who can understand the concept, but playing the music will relax them into natural meditation and eventually sleep.
Keep The Music Going As They Sleep
I keep our healing playlists going as the kids sleep and it helps keep them asleep longer and helps with healthy, refreshing sleep. Once the meditation part is over, sometimes I switch to beats with other purposes that they may need focus on. I’ve found that if the music is played throughout the time period they need to sleep, most nights they will stay asleep the entire time. My kids who used to have nightmares started having them less often and so far, now have had none as long as we do this bedtime routine.
If you have kids in the baby, toddler, or preschooler age range, you might want to try this simple nightly routine for better sleep. Sleep is necessary for proper focus, reducing stress and anxiety, and better overall mental and physical health.
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