"I want a drink of water!"
"Just one more story, pleeeeaase?"
"These PJs are too small! I need to get bigger ones from my brother's room."
There's more to bedtime than just tucking kids in. For older kids, you need to know the difference between real problems and stall tactics. For babies, you have to be sure the sleep environment is safe.
Here are tips for making bedtime easier.
Safety is rule #1 when it comes to bedtime for babies. Here are two key things to remember:
Here are some other things to know about babies and sleep:
Anyone who's been around kids knows that they don't like the day's fun to come to an end. That means you can expect that kids as young as toddlers will use a variety of bedtime avoidance tactics. Here are some ways to be prepared:
If a child won't stay in bed or wakes up in the night:
After the kids are in bed, you'll want to be alert and listen in case they cry or call for you. Keep music volumes low (and avoid using earbuds or headphones), but otherwise you can relax, watch TV, and get a little wind-down time for yourself. You earned it!
Reviewed by: Kate M. Cronan, MD
Date reviewed: March 2013
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