Health Tip: Getting My Child to Go to Sleep04/05/11
(HealthDay News) -- Your growing child needs a good night's
rest, and a consistent bedtime routine can make putting your
youngster to bed a little less challenging.
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these suggestions:
- Make the time before bed "quiet time," with a bath, book or
- Have your child go to bed at the same time each night.
- Let your child choose a favorite blanket or stuffed animal to
take to bed. Just make sure there are no choking or strangulation
- Take care of your child's preferences before bedtime, such as
leaving the door slightly ajar, having a night light or having a
drink of water.
- Your child should sleep in his own room, not yours.
- Don't make a habit of going back into your child's room each
time the child cries or calls for you.
- Be patient if the child wakes at night or has trouble falling
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