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Three More Sleep Mistakes That Parents Often Make

October 31, 2013

In last weeks article about 3 common sleep mistakes that parents ame we covered things like putting children to bed to late, relying on motion to get a child to sleep and overstimulation. In this weeks article we add to the list of parental no-no’s with skipping routine, inconsistency and moving a child to a “big kids bed” too soon.

Mistake 1: Skipping the bedtime routine
Routine, routine, routine! Even though you might think that a good sleeping routine is not necessary for a young baby, you’d be wrong! Every parent should have a series of calming, pleasing activities that they indulge in with the child before bedtime. This could consist of a bath, a book and a lullaby and will help your child wind-down after a busy day each night. 

Did you know? You can create any routine you like for your child. Just make sure it's a series of relaxing steps that happen in the same order at about the same time every night. 

Mistake 2: Inconsistency
Every now and then we know that it's tempting to lie down with your toddler in your bed until he falls asleep. Or maybe your preschooler is allowed to crawl into bed with you in the night from time to time? Be careful of this however, as before you know it your marital bed could become a family bed. 

Remember that your child won't be able to understand why sometimes you move him into his own bed and other times you let him stay in yours. He'll simply start throwing tantrums until you let him spend the night with you, every night... 

If you find yourself in this situation, ease your child out of your bed gently and sit next to his bed as he falls asleep. Then after a few nights stand in the doorway, before leaving the room completely. You’ll also need to explain that when it's time to sleep he must sleep in his bed. Remain firm but kind and your entire family will reap the benefits of a healthy nights sleep. 

Mistake 3: Moving to a big bed too soon
If you move your child from his cot to a bed too soon, you could find him or her waking up earlier than normal. Before the age of three, your child doesn't have the understanding or self-control to stay within the imaginary boundaries of a bed and this could affect both their sleeping patterns and yours.

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