‘Twas the night before Christmas and the kids were all giddy, mum and dad frantic over jobs still to do.....
In houses, all over the world this will be a familiar scene on Christmas eve, the excitement of not being able to wait to see if Santa will visit and what toys he will bring when he does come can make it hard to get the kids to bed on Christmas eve.
It doesn’t matter how comfortable their Oz mattress is - excited children find it difficult to drift off, and then of course you have the ones who are determined that this year they will stay awake and catch Santa out! Here are 5 ways you can get the kids early to be on Christmas eve so you can do all those last-minute jobs and wrap those final few presents, before having a well-earned rest.
Here are 5 ways you can get the kids early to be on Christmas eve:
1.Keep them busy
Make sure that you keep your children busy during the day to help tire them out. There should be plenty of jobs to do to get everything ready for Christmas day...and if they don’t want Santa to trip over their toys then maybe they should help by tidying their rooms!
It can be hard when there is lots going on and children are excited but sticking to their normal bedtime routine, and doing the same set of things in the same order every night can really help your children to unwind and get them ready for sleep. If you can, move the entire routine forward a little as they are bound to be up earlier in the morning and then overtired before Christmas day is over.
To some people, it is just an old wives’ tale that it can make you sleepy but warm milk contains tryptophan, a sleep-inducing enzyme, and it can have a very psychological soothing effect.
A bedtime story is a great way to help your child unwind in the evening, make sure they are comfy and the lighting is low and then hopefully the gentle words of their favourite story will help them go to sleep.
If all else fails remind them that Santa doesn’t visit children who are not asleep, this is sure to have them tucked up in bed in no time, and hopefully sleep will follow shortly.
From all at Oz Mattress – a very Merry Christmas!