Once a child is over 4.5 months of age they will begin the process of producing melatonin. Melatonin is the sleep hormone that allows are little ones to go to sleep and stay asleep for long periods of time. When we use a key phrase to identify that it is time to sleep, it can help with our little ones settling down and preparing for sleep which can cause the melatonin to start to produce.
I have had the opportunity to hear many different key phrases that people use for sleep. The following are some of the most common:
- “Night Night”
- “Sleepy Time”
- “Good Night”
- “Do do”
- “Time for Sleep”
This key phrase comes in really handy in the middle of the night or early morning when your child requires a reminder that it is still time for sleep. When you use your key phrase it is often enough to help your little one attempt to go back to sleep. It basically does 2 things. It reminds them that it is still time for sleep and it allows them to hear your voice which can be very calming.
A key phrase may seem like a very simple tool; however, sometimes it is the small things that make a huge impact!!