Oct 2, 2019

Tuck a Big Kid (6 to 13) Into Bed

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== Steps ==
 
== Steps ==
 
=== Getting Them Ready for Bed ===
 
=== Getting Them Ready for Bed ===
# Give them fifteen minutes advance notice before bathtime and bedtime. Be sure to always speak in a soft, comforting voice, as this will help relax the child and doing that will help reduce bedtime battles, which make parents and children angry, keeping both from falling asleep quickly.
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# Give them fifteen minutes advance notice before bathtime and bedtime. Be sure to always speak in a soft, comforting voice, as this will help relax the child and doing that will help reduce bedtime battles, which make parents and children angry, keeping both from falling asleep quickly.<ref>https://ift.tt/2o0H5uV>
# Give them a bath, or allow them to take a shower if they're old enough. Baths are preferred regardless of the child's age (as long as they can lie down comfortably in the bathtub), as it will allow you to make sure that your child is sufficiently clean. Bathtimes are also a good time to have a nice chat because the child is relaxed, and will probably talk about what's bothering them. Make sure they use the toilet while in the bathroom, as this will minimize the risk of bedwetting. Put body lotion on them, or allow them to do it themselves, depending on what they'd like more.[[Image:Bathe-a-Child-Step-2.jpg]]
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# Give them a bath, or allow them to take a shower if they're old enough. Baths are preferred regardless of the child's age (as long as they can lie down comfortably in the bathtub), as it will allow you to make sure that your child is sufficiently clean. Bathtimes are also a good time to have a nice chat because the child is relaxed, and will probably talk about what's bothering them. Make sure they use the toilet while in the bathroom, as this will minimize the risk of bedwetting. Put body lotion on them, or allow them to do it themselves, depending on what they'd like more.<ref>https://ift.tt/2oBqn5o>[[Image:Bathe-a-Child-Step-2.jpg]]
 
#* Lavender bath salts can help relax your child, but make sure there's no chance the child will swallow the bath water.
 
#* Lavender bath salts can help relax your child, but make sure there's no chance the child will swallow the bath water.
 
# Allow them some privacy to put on their pajamas and underwear. If the child is young, wears footed pajamas, or just feels like it, you can help them out. It may be overwhelming for some children to choose from a whole drawer full of pajamas. If that is the case, just get out three or so sets of pajamas and let your child choose from them.[[Image:Buy-Children-Pyjamas-As-a-Gift-Step-3-Version-2.jpg]]
 
# Allow them some privacy to put on their pajamas and underwear. If the child is young, wears footed pajamas, or just feels like it, you can help them out. It may be overwhelming for some children to choose from a whole drawer full of pajamas. If that is the case, just get out three or so sets of pajamas and let your child choose from them.[[Image:Buy-Children-Pyjamas-As-a-Gift-Step-3-Version-2.jpg]]
# Put them in an overnight diaper or pull-up. This is recommended for children under 13, as it will prevent bedwetting and allow the child to just pee without having to get up in the night.[[Image:Wear-a-Diaper-Step-4-Version-3.jpg]]
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# [[Encourage Big Kids to Wear Diapers|Put them in an overnight diaper or pull-up]]. This is recommended for children under 13, as it will prevent bedwetting and allow the child to just pee without having to get up in the night.<ref>https://ift.tt/2oBU5Y4>[[Image:Wear-a-Diaper-Step-4-Version-3.jpg]]
 
#*Your child may be reluctant to do this, for obvious reasons. Just reassure them that you want them to have as comfortable a night as possible without fear of a wet bed. You could also choose from other anti-bedwetting measures such as bed mats and bedwetting alarms.
 
#*Your child may be reluctant to do this, for obvious reasons. Just reassure them that you want them to have as comfortable a night as possible without fear of a wet bed. You could also choose from other anti-bedwetting measures such as bed mats and bedwetting alarms.
 
#* Don't be upset with your child if they wet or soil their bedwetting diapers, or wet their beds if they don't wear one. It's not their fault, and it's a normal and very common part of growing up, so make sure they know that it's okay to have accidents and that there are no consequences or shame in them, diapered or not.
 
#* Don't be upset with your child if they wet or soil their bedwetting diapers, or wet their beds if they don't wear one. It's not their fault, and it's a normal and very common part of growing up, so make sure they know that it's okay to have accidents and that there are no consequences or shame in them, diapered or not.
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#** However, older kids should be just fine sleeping in a slightly or moderately wet diaper, and you shouldn't have them ask for a change in the middle of the night for every small wetting accident.
 
#** However, older kids should be just fine sleeping in a slightly or moderately wet diaper, and you shouldn't have them ask for a change in the middle of the night for every small wetting accident.
 
#* Goodnites, Underjams, and Pull-ups are the most common bedwetting diapers, but feel free to use cloth diapers or tape-on diapers. If you go with tape-on diapers, UnderCareWear's Race Car Diapers and Star Diapers are an excellent choice. Baby diapers are not recommended, as these can be overly humiliating to a child who's already being diapered every night, and may not contain the kind of large spills or large bowel movements children of this age have.
 
#* Goodnites, Underjams, and Pull-ups are the most common bedwetting diapers, but feel free to use cloth diapers or tape-on diapers. If you go with tape-on diapers, UnderCareWear's Race Car Diapers and Star Diapers are an excellent choice. Baby diapers are not recommended, as these can be overly humiliating to a child who's already being diapered every night, and may not contain the kind of large spills or large bowel movements children of this age have.
# Give them a good tickle! [[Image:Give a Back Tickle (Treasure Hunt Remix) Step 18.jpg|center]]
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# Give them a good tickle! <ref>https://ift.tt/2pvEXvK>[[Image:Give a Back Tickle (Treasure Hunt Remix) Step 18.jpg|center]]
 
#* Only do this if the child likes to be tickled, and stop every fifteen seconds or so to let them catch their breath and allow them to request an end to the tickling. For kids who don't like to be tickled or just aren't that ticklish, a back rub or back scratch will work too.
 
#* Only do this if the child likes to be tickled, and stop every fifteen seconds or so to let them catch their breath and allow them to request an end to the tickling. For kids who don't like to be tickled or just aren't that ticklish, a back rub or back scratch will work too.
# Get into bed with them, and read them a bedtime story. Older kids might want to just have a simple chat about what's bothering them, while if it's a younger kid, they'll probably want a picture book like Winnie the pooh, Dr. Seuss, or The Little Engine That Could. Remember, those books are fine for older kids too! [[Image:Read-a-Bedtime-Story-Step-12.jpg]]
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# Get into bed with them, and read them a bedtime story. Older kids might want to just have a simple chat about what's bothering them, while if it's a younger kid, they'll probably want a picture book like Winnie the pooh, Dr. Seuss, or The Little Engine That Could. Remember, those books are fine for older kids too! <ref>https://ift.tt/2pnYGNJ>[[Image:Read-a-Bedtime-Story-Step-12.jpg]]
 
#* A 30-minute TV show is probably okay as well if your child goes to bed particularly early, or it's the weekend and they want to do something special. However, don't allow them to watch scary or serious shows at night. Instead, choose more child-friendly and funny shows such as Thomas and Friends, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Spongebob Squarepants, The Fairly Oddparents, or other cartoons. As long as they don't overdo it, they will probably go to sleep quicker if you spend as much time with them as they'd like, and read as many stories as they want you to.
 
#* A 30-minute TV show is probably okay as well if your child goes to bed particularly early, or it's the weekend and they want to do something special. However, don't allow them to watch scary or serious shows at night. Instead, choose more child-friendly and funny shows such as Thomas and Friends, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Spongebob Squarepants, The Fairly Oddparents, or other cartoons. As long as they don't overdo it, they will probably go to sleep quicker if you spend as much time with them as they'd like, and read as many stories as they want you to.
 
#Put on some comforting lullaby music. You can also use white or soothing noises to help them fall asleep. If they want to or it's a tradition, you can turn on audios or fast music, as long as you remember to turn the music off after a few minutes.
 
#Put on some comforting lullaby music. You can also use white or soothing noises to help them fall asleep. If they want to or it's a tradition, you can turn on audios or fast music, as long as you remember to turn the music off after a few minutes.
# Pray together or read scripture. This can help establish good religious habits that your child will greatly benefit from later in life. [[Image:Pray-to-Jesus-Step-5-Version-3.jpg]]
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# Pray together or read scripture. This can help establish good religious habits that your child will greatly benefit from later in life. <ref>https://ift.tt/2pvEZDS>[[Image:Pray-to-Jesus-Step-5-Version-3.jpg]]
   
 
=== Tucking Them In ===
 
=== Tucking Them In ===
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# Turn on their nightlight if they have one. A Dream Light is great for kids of all ages, but any nightlight works fine.
 
# Turn on their nightlight if they have one. A Dream Light is great for kids of all ages, but any nightlight works fine.
 
# Close the door and let them fall asleep. Allow up to twenty minutes for younger children and up to an hour for older children.Be sure to check in on them one more time before you go to bed. As you do, give them another kiss on the forehead. Also, ensure they're tightly tucked in, and make sure they're asleep.
 
# Close the door and let them fall asleep. Allow up to twenty minutes for younger children and up to an hour for older children.Be sure to check in on them one more time before you go to bed. As you do, give them another kiss on the forehead. Also, ensure they're tightly tucked in, and make sure they're asleep.
* Doing that will certainly boost your child's sense of feeling safe, especially if you tell them in the morning that you checked on them and gave them a kiss. However, if your child is still having trouble falling asleep, stay with them for a while.
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#* Doing that will certainly boost your child's sense of feeling safe, especially if you tell them in the morning that you checked on them and gave them a kiss. However, if your child is still having trouble falling asleep, stay with them for a while.
   
 
==Tips==
 
==Tips==
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==References==
 
==References==
*Part 1, Step 1: https://ift.tt/2n4bHLL
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*Part 1, Step 2: https://ift.tt/2oHGy0Q
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*Part 1, Step 5: https://ift.tt/2nX44XK
 
*Part 1, Step 6: https://ift.tt/2pvF3U8
 
*Part 1, Step 8: https://ift.tt/2pvF4ra
 
 
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