According to Dr. Kimberly Lemke, a licensed child and adolescent clinical psychologist in Illinois who specializes in sleep issues, there are many things that parents can do to help their children fall asleep more easily.
"Ideally, you want your child to have been active throughout the day so that they have more of a sleep drive in the evening," she said. "It is important to create a comfortable environment for kids to sleep in. Things like noises, smells, and temperature matter for a child. Make sure that their room is not too warm and that they have either white noise or music if that is calming for them. Also, lavender is a soothing smell, so oil diffusers or lotions with lavender can help. If your child has any sensory issues, then you have to be very mindful of how each of their five senses is stimulated before bed."
"Bedtime routines are also key. Things like a walk before bed, story time, low lights, a warm bath, or taking a few minutes for deep breathing can make a world of difference in how successful they are at sleeping. Don't allow blue-light screen time on phones or tablets around bedtime for children. Remember that the key to healthy nighttime sleep is often reflective of daytime activities. More sunlight, more activities, more movement, and more stimulation during the day sets them up for a great night's sleep."