Nightmare on Your Street: Get Your Child to Sleep Soundly

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Allow your child to play and relax in the bathtub. Once your child is in his or her pajamas, read a book or two. Once you've completed book time, take a few minutes to bond with your child until he or she appears sleepy. Following these activities, the lights should go out without any further discussion. This routine should be followed every night and eventually your child will know what to expect. Keep it simple. Keep the activities quiet. Consider this the time for winding down. As it gets closer to bedtime, dim the lights. Try to keep toys and animals out of the bed. The last thing you want is your child sitting in bed playing instead of falling asleep. If older children have trouble falling asleep at night, give these hints a try. Cut out caffeine, especially late in the afternoon or at night. Make sure he or she is getting plenty of physical activity during the day-exercise and fresh air will help your child sleep better.