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Generally, as parents, it’s Halloween that brings us the most fear when it comes to keeping our children on their sleep schedule. However, apart from a little sugar overdosing and over-excitement, Halloween can be relatively easy to keep our kids in a peaceful slumber – just keep them away from those blue Smarties and don’t let them watch The Ring! A sentiment that us adults should listen to too… Bonfire night, on the other hand, is a completely different story.

In the past few years, sales of at-home fireworks have gone through the roof. To the extent that it feels like even our local corner shops are selling cheap fireworks to every Tom, Dick and Harry who fancies themselves us an amateur pyromancer. Now, not only does this feel incredibly dangerous, but with little regulation, we’re now finding that people are letting off Fireworksloud fireworks all through the night – long after our children’s bedtime. A child woken by a large explosion outside is going to be alarmed and find it difficult to get back to sleep. For toddlers, you may even find that they’ll be scared for nights to come. It’s enough to stress any parent out, but before you get into a bonfire panic, by taking just a few simple steps, you can help prevent any firework fear in your home:

1: Don’t Hide Your Child Away from Fireworks

It can be tempting to feel that ignorance is bliss when it comes to fireworks, but remember, fear comes from the unknown. Instead, plan to take your children to an official firework show in your town. Not only will your children get to see high-quality fireworks where they can associate the loud bangs with pretty lights, but they’ll also get to associate the noises with fun things like sparklers and hot chocolate. That way, if they do get woken in the night by a neighbour’s firework display, then they will be less likely to be scared.

If there aren’t any local firework displays near you, you can even show your children some online videos of fireworks. It won’t have the same effect of seeing them live, but will still give them a general idea of what fireworks are and the noises associated with them.

2: Don’t Skip Out on Naps

Parent’s often make the mistake that if a child is overtired, from either skipping naps or staying up late, then they will sleep more soundly. If only! What’s far more likely is that you’ll end up with a grumpy, tired child who sleeps less soundly. Plus, many at-home fireworks get let off over numerous nights at the start of November, so predicting the nights your kid might wake is impossible. Instead, keep your sleep routine as normal as possible, a well-rested kid is far better equipped to handle any unusual noises.

3: Insulate their Room

It’s hard to keep noises out completely, but you can muffle firework noises slightly by putting some blankets around any window gaps and using some heavy blackout curtains. Of course, having double or triple glazing can seriously help shut out these noises, but rather than spending a fortune replacing all your windows, blankets will definitely help.

You could also consider playing white noise or soothing background noise in your child’s room. Relaxing playlists with water or forests noises can help stop your childing jumping awake from the loud bangs that fireworks cause.

It’s impossible to predict if your child will wake from a rogue firework display, but by trying to block out the noise and making fireworks as fun as possible, then if they do get woken up you’ll find it will be far easier for them to get back to sleep. 

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