Sleep affects your child’s development in many important ways, including mental and social development, physical health, and emotional regulation. When a child has trouble sleeping, it limits their ability to function well during the day, disrupts the household, and is a source of stress for parents and other family members.
Tips To Help Your Child Sleep Better
1. Set a consistent bedtime routine and stick to it.
2. Set and establish a consistent morning wake-up time.
3. Establish a setting in your child’s bedroom that is calm and relaxing.
4. Interact with your child at bedtime. Don’t let a TV, video, or computer take your place.
5. Do not allow children to watch anything that is not right for their age. This applies during the day and at night. Be aware of images that may frighten them.
6. Do not let your child fall asleep while being held, rocked, fed a bottle, or while nursing.
7. Do not allow your child to have foods or drinks with caffeine at bedtime. This includes chocolate and sodas. Try not to give him any medicine that has a stimulant at bedtime.