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6 Tricks to Help Your Toddler or Preschooler Go to Bed (and Stay There!)

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Let Your Child Wind Down


Children of all ages benefit from having time to relax before naptime and bed. Kids easily become over-stimulated and restless, making it difficult for them to relax enough to fall asleep. Minimize stimulating activities before naps and bedtime: In the timeframe between dinner and bed, keep games and play more low-key and quieter than you might during the day.

The amount and type of wind-down time your child will need depends on his age and temperament. Learn to recognize signs that your child is tired — this will help prevent him from becoming over stimulated.

Next: Know Your Child's Sleep Requirements

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