Top Tips for Getting the Kids to Kip on Christmas Eve


Joy Richards - December 12, 2019 Hi, I’m Joy - Happy Beds' Sleep Specialist. Aside from Italian food and my three lovely boys, nothing makes me happier than helping our customers find what works for them, and how they can make the most of their forty winks.

Top Tips for Getting the Kids to Kip on Christmas Eve

There is nothing quite like the excitement of Christmas Eve. Santa’s long anticipated arrival is now on the cusp of reality, sugary sweets are being consumed in droves and the children everywhere are practically shaking with elation.

Unfortunately, with all this jovial tomfoolery flying around, the last thing the little ones want to do is sleep soundly through the most thrilling night of the year.

Thankfully, I’ve woven together a tried and tested guide to getting the cheeky cherubs off to sleep this Christmas Eve. Here are a few of my top tips for how to get kids to sleep at Christmas:


Keep Calm and Carry On

It’s normal to want to squeeze in any and every Christmas themed activity on the eve of the most festive day of the year, who wouldn’t?

The only issue is the more you do, the more the young ‘uns will want to do, and come bedtime they’ll be as excited as ever.

Instead of trying out every tradition known to man, focus on one or two activities that will keep their fun filters full, but not overflowing.


Explore the Wondrous Outdoors


Getting those little legs moving will help in channeling all that sugar into a proactive activity and mean less hyperactivity to handle come bedtime.

We’re not saying to run a mini marathon, but maybe a family walk or even a day out with the dog will help them wind down before the big day.


Have a Bath Before Bedtime


Inducing that warm and fuzzy feeling through the magic of bath time is one of the best ways to get the little rascals ready for Santa.

If you’re looking to bring out the big guns, try adding a mug of milk to the bedtime routine. As another tried and tested solution to wearing out the wired whippersnappers, there’s no doubt they’ll be napping in not time.


Unleash Their Inner Bookworm


Getting the brain to focus on a book before bed will help calm everything down and bring them back to earth before attempting to get them off to sleep.

Ensure that the lighting is kept low and the room feels cosy as you attempt to force some fatigue. Also, it’s essential to get reading some festive books (for obvious reasons).

Read more: 11 of Our Favourite Bedtime Story Books


Reduce the Rebellion with an Early Bedtime

sleep Everyone knows the rule that Santa won’t leave gifts for those who aren’t tucked away in a world of slumber come Christmas Day.

Unfortunately, rules are made to be broken. At least a little bit anyway. If you find yourself at the mercy of a mini anarchist, try tucking in the tots a little early this Christmas Eve. While this may sound ludicrous, the tired toddlers will only be able to wade off slumber for so long and will probably end up drifting off to dreamland around their usual bedtime anyway. There’s nothing like a tiny bit of trickery to celebrate Christmas.


Invest in a New Mattress

We sincerely hope that these tried and tested tips will help you in your mission to get your tots off to sleep this Christmas Eve so that you can get into character and make Christmas Day one to remember.

If you don't think any of the above will help, it may be time to invest in a new mattress for your little one. Check out our kids mattresses online today and we're sure the supportive comfort will have them snoozing in no time at all.

For some extra fun, check out our Christmas Sleep Calculator, and find out what time your kids will wake up this December 25th.

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