Saturday, February 6, 2010

Getting Young Children to Sleep

Leisa Naples knows how hard it can be to get young children to sleep at night. She is the mother of two sets of identical twin girls.

But the host and producer of “
Living Well with Leisa” found a creative way to get her girls to wind down at night. She calls it “Family Spa Night.”

A recent study
showed that Leisa’s idea may be a good one. It found that a simple, four-step, nightly routine helps young children sleep better.

The first step was for mothers to give their child a bath. The second step was to give a massage to infants or apply lotion to toddlers. The third step was to engage their child in quiet activities. This might involve cuddling or singing a lullaby. Finally the mothers turned out the lights within 30 minutes of the end of the bath.

study confirmed that poor “sleep hygiene” has a negative effect on the sleep patterns of young children. The authors concluded that good sleep hygiene helps young children sleep better.

Basic tips that parents should put into practice include:
  • Letting children fall asleep independently
  • Putting children to bed before 9 p.m.
  • Establishing a bedtime routine that includes reading
  • Helping children avoid caffeine
  • Keeping a TV out of the bedroom
Read more about sleep and children.

1 comment:

very very blessed said...

I agree. Babies really love the massage.

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