Help! My 7-Year-Old Keeps Getting Out of Bed at Night

Discover practical strategies to help your 7-year-old stay in bed at night. From bedtime routines to calming techniques, find solutions to address your child.

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Is your 7-year-old struggling to stay in bed at night, leaving you exhausted and frustrated? In this blog, we'll explore why your child may keep getting out of bed and provide practical solutions to help you and your child get a restful night's sleep.

If your child is having trouble staying in bed at night, it can be challenging for both you and your child.

Here are some insights and practical solutions from Storybook to address this common issue.

Why does my child keep getting out of bed?

Understanding the underlying reasons for your child's bedtime struggles is the first step toward finding a solution.

It could be due to separation anxiety, fear of the dark, or simply a desire for more time with you. Identifying the root cause will help you address the issue effectively.

What to do when your child keeps getting out of bed

Dealing with a child who repeatedly gets out of bed can be exhausting, but there are steps you can take to improve the situation. 

From creating a consistent and calming bedtime routine to addressing nighttime fears, we'll explore practical strategies to help your child stay in bed and sleep peacefully through the night.

Create a consistent and calming bedtime routine.

Establishing a predictable and soothing bedtime routine can signal your child that it's time to wind down and prepare for sleep.

Incorporate activities such as reading a book, gentle music, or a warm bath to create a sense of calm and relaxation before bedtime. You should have a suitable toddler sleep schedule.

Avoid stimulating activities before bed.

Limiting stimulating activities such as screen time and rough play before bedtime can help your child transition to a more relaxed state, making it easier to settle down and stay in bed.

Take into account suitable sleep training methods.

Address nighttime fears.

If your child is experiencing “toddlers sleeping issues” such as fears or anxieties at night, it's essential to address them with empathy and understanding.

Encourage open communication and provide reassurance to help alleviate your child's fears and promote a sense of security at bedtime.

Set clear bedtime expectations and boundaries.

Establishing clear expectations around bedtime and setting boundaries can help your child understand the importance of staying in bed. Consistency is vital, so be firm yet gentle in reinforcing these expectations.

Implementing these strategies can support your child in developing healthy sleep habits while also ensuring that you get the rest you need. Patience and understanding are vital as you work through this common parenting challenge.

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Written By

Francisco Cornejo
CEO Storybook

Francisco Cornejo, a dynamic entrepreneur with a Masters in Communication from RMIT University in Australia, is the Co-Founder and CEO of Storybook. As a serial entrepreneur, he notably served as the Chief Marketing Officer at Honda Motors in Latin America, shaping the brand's regional presence. ‍ Passionate about family well-being and communication, Francisco leads Storybook in its mission to improve children's health globally, aiming to create positive impacts in both corporate and societal spheres.

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Lorena Koppel
Child Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Lorena Koppel is a distinguished Child Clinical Psychologist based in Azuay, Ecuador, with over 26 years of experience at Monte Sinaí Hospital. She specializes in treating emotional disorders in children and adolescents, providing family counseling, and integrating theoretical and practical approaches in clinical psychology.


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