Balancing Sleep Schedules with Kids and a Newborn

5 Little Monkeys is proud to offer one of the best-reviewed children’s beds on the market, as a part of our game-changing sleep system. We also strive to be a comprehensive resource for parents when it comes to children and sleep. Getting one kid to bed is difficult enough, but things become far more complex with multiple kids and a newborn in the picture. If you’re unsure how to manage the chaos, here are a few tips to help you balance that bedtime schedule.

Tips for Managing Kids' Sleep Schedules

With multiple kids of different ages, sleep schedules get a whole lot harder. Kids need different amounts of sleep as they age, and trying to juggle diverse sleep schedules while giving each of your kids the attention they need can feel almost impossible. But there are a few tricks you can try:

  • Make Your Bigger Kids into Helpers:Start by developing a clearly defined routine for getting your newborn ready for bedtime or naptime, and then recruit your other kids as helpers in that routine. Kids like to be given responsibilities, and being responsible for others often helps us take better care of ourselves with a positive attitude.
  • Set Overlapping Schedules: Once your newborn’s sleep schedule starts to regulate, it’s a good idea to plan at least one other kid’s nap to coincide. The more overlap the better, it makes it easier for you to plan your day around wrangling the kids.
  • Different Bedtimes Are OK: While overlapping naps is a great idea, it doesn't always make sense to give your kids the same bedtime – and that's ok. In particular, newborns need very early bedtimes, so don't be afraid to put the baby to sleep first and put other kids to sleep later. This also gives you and your other kids some alone time away from the baby, which they may be craving.

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As a parent, managing different sleep schedules is a big practical challenge, so remember to go slow, be kind to yourself, and recognize that it will never be perfect. One factor you can control is the quality and performance of the mattress your child sleeps on, which plays a major role in their sleep health and hygiene. The 5 Little Monkeys bed is specifically designed to give kids' growing bodies what they need for healthy, restful sleep, and you can try it 100% risk-free for the first 100 nights. So what are you waiting for? Order our children's mattress today and experience the power of truly restful sleep!

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