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Health Tip: Putting Your Child to Bed

-- To help your child get a good night's sleep, it's important to reduce distractions in the bedroom and establish a bedtime routine.

Here are some suggestions, courtesy of the Nemours Foundation:

  • Set a regular bed time for your child.
  • Have the child start relaxing and doing quiet activities, such as reading or listening to music, about 30 minutes before going to bed.
  • Every night, have the child use the bathroom, wash hands and brush teeth to prepare for bed.
  • Do something fun but quiet together every night before bed, such as reading a book or telling a story.
  • Make sure the room is a comfortable temperature.
  • Don't allow a television or video games in the room.
  • Encourage your child to stay in bed, and praise him or her for doing so.
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Posted: March 2008