‘Reassure youngsters’ to get them to sleep
Speaking calmly in the hours before bedtime can promote children to want to stay in bed and rest, one expert has said.
The importance of reassuring children in helping promote healthy night-time routines has been researched by Douglas Teti, professor of human development and family studies at Pennsylvania State University.
His findings showed that families who were receptive to communication by children often managed to get them off to sleep far easier.
“Bedtime can be a very emotional time. It heralds the longest separation of the day for most infants,” Dr Teti explained.
The specialist’s study suggested that being emotionally available can be more beneficial in encouraging slumber than a bedtime routine.
This is thought to be due to the reassurance the interaction gives the child, allowing them to feel safe.
Newborntoteen.com recently commented that making a sleeping environment welcoming to little ones could help make them snooze more soundly at night.