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Parenting (cont.)

Developing Good Sleeping Habits

It is unfortunate that the phrase "slept like a baby" implies a long and restful sleep of many hours when any parent of a newborn quickly learns the harsh reality of the sleep deprivation their infant imposes upon them. Principles which encourage the establishment and maintenance of good sleep habits include: (1) development of a routine/ritual in the 15 minutes before "lights out"; (2) get 60 minutes of vigorous play after school and before dinner; (3) avoid overstimulation in the hour prior to sleep (for example, no TV/computer games/social networking); and (4) keep the room dark (excluding a small night light to certain age ranges) and cool (less than 70 degrees).

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/12/2012
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