Benefits Of Naps
By Angela Bekiaris
Whether you’re sending your toddler off to playschool, or your teen to high school, make sure they’re well rested when they leave each morning. Here are some other things to keep in mind, courtesy of Kidshealth.org:
* Let them wind down before bed time.
* Stick to a bedtime, alerting your child both half an hour and 10 minutes beforehand.
* Keep consistent playtimes and mealtimes.
* Avoid stimulants, such as caffeine, near bedtime.
* Make the bedroom quiet, cosy, and perfect for sleeping.
* Use the bed only for sleeping — not for playing, watching TV or playing with phones/iPads.
* Limit food and drink before bedtime.
* Allow your child to choose which pajamas to wear, which stuffed animal to take to bed, etc.
* Consider playing soft, soothing music.
* Tuck your child into bed snugly for a feeling of security.
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