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3 Common Sleep Mistakes That Parents Make

October 29, 2013

So you have a small child and like all parents you want what is best for them? Did you know however, that some of the decisions that we make during the course of a day can influence how they sleep? Read on and see how we can sidestep some of the more common mistakes and improve your baby's chance of getting a good nights rest.

Mistake 1: Don’t put your child to bed too late
We all wish that we could spend more awake time with our kids, but it is not a great idea to keep your baby or toddler up so you can spend more time with him or her. This is because when small children get overtired they find it more difficult to fall asleep. Try to create a bedtime routine that works for both of you and ensure that you get play time with them and they get an ample nights sleep.

Mistake 2: Don’t rely on motion to get them to sleep
Although a swing or moving car helps a baby to fall asleep, it is not a great idea to use this as the primary way of getting your little one to nod off. Remember that it is not easy to take a baby or toddler for a drive every night and this type of sleep is not the deep, restful sleep he or she needs 

Remember, it is ok to use motion (such as rocking them in your arms) to soothe your baby if they are upset, just don't make part of the regular bedtime routine. 

Mistake 3: overstimulation
Toys such as mobile above your baby's cot can be a distraction because of the rotating action, lights and sounds. Watching it will often keep your child awake rather than teaching them that it's nighttime. 

Believe it or not, but it's a much better idea to put your baby to sleep in a nearly pitch black room. You don't have to worry about them being afraid yet, as they are generally too young to have developed nighttime fears. As your child gets older, a soft night light can soothe any fears that might arise, but try not to let them watch any television just before bedtime. 

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