Is it just us or does your baby get all giggly and jolly just as you’re settling them down for the night? Isaac’s bedtime is often his happiest time of the day. This seemed a little odd to us at first as we expected him to be sleepy and if anything a little grumpy. We sometimes find we have to leave the room and let him giggle himself to sleep. Otherwise we start the laughing too and get him super excited!
Why giggles are good!
I did a little research to see if there was any science behind babies being more giggly at bedtime. While I didn’t find anything pointing to this, I was delighted to read that laughter before sleep can be really comforting. It helps babies and children to feel secure and drift off more easily. Hand in hand parenting state that “contrary to popular belief we should actually wind our children up before sleep”. A dose of the giggles helps children (and adults) to unwind and let go of stress and tension. For toddlers and young children having fun and laughter at bedtime can apparently reduce the ‘power struggle’ between parent and child and breed more cooperation. It also helps children to feel safe when separated from their parents during sleep.
We no longer worry about Isaac getting too excited for sleep. We will relish all his giggles and hope the bedtime fun continues in the years to come.
I guess laughter really is the best medicine!