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Every parent has their own way of dealing with things. Finding what works best for you and your child is what matters most. Here are some ideas that may help with sleep:
Set a regular bed time and follow a predictable routine
Have quiet time one hour before bed with dimmed lights
If your child gets out of bed instruct them calmly yet firmly that it’s sleep time
Reward sleeping through the night eg. sticker charts
Use security objects to help with separation anxiety and nightmares
Minimise exposure to screens (TV/technology/smartphone/tablet) before bed
Routines help your child to ‘wind down’ and become sleepy and ready for bed. It signals that the day is ending and helps the body release hormones that help with sleep.
Having a bedtime routine helps your child get to sleep more quickly and have good quality sleep.
Here are some things you might like to try as part of a bedtime routine:
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