Sunday, October 10, 2010

To make bedtime easier for toddlers

Sleep problems may be avoided if you can establish a simple and soothing bedtime routine early. This can include bath, changing into night clothes, feeding, cuddling, and then putting to bed.

The best thing to do is try to put your baby down awake rather than getting him or her to sleep by rocking or cuddling him or her in your arms, otherwise your baby may not learn to fall asleep in the cot and may need nursing back to sleep if he or she wakes up again.

As your child gets older, keeping to a similar bedtime routine is also important. This should include a winding down period and the avoidance of excitement and over stimulation before bedtime.

I have here an example of routine that you may try to do for your child:

• Bath time and put in night clothes.
• A milky drink or supper.
• Brushing of teeth.
• A bedtime story.
• Making sure your child’s comforter, such as a dummy, cuddly toy, or security blanket is nearby.
• A good night kiss and a cuddle.
• Leaving dim lights on if necessary.

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