Sleep Routines for Kids

Bedtime battles can be exhausting for both parents and children. If you want to minimize conflict, establish a consistent routine.

“Try to keep your routine to 30 minutes or less,” says Andrew T. Sledd, MD, FAAP, pediatrician at Saint Francis Medical Center. “Do the same activities in the same order every night – and stick to the same time. When
you shift bedtimes and wake-up times, your child’s circadian rhythm becomes disturbed.”

Sledd_AndrewSkip TV and other screen time – the images are stimulating and can cause difficulty in falling asleep. Your child should be in his or her room for the last 15 to 20 minutes before bedtime to promote quiet and relaxation.

“Often times reading or drawing can be used in the routine. Homework should not be saved for the bedtime routine,” says Sledd. “Children crave consistency, and a predictable bedtime routine is an anchor for them at the end of the day.”

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