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Getting Kids to Sleep: Tips from U City Children's Center

Steve Zwolak talks to Fox 2 News about getting young children to sleep.

Summer time can mean delayed bedtimes for many children. Steve Zwolak of shares his tips to helping children develop healthy habits with Fox 2 News.

There are a few key points to helping your child develop healthy sleep habits.

  • Maintain a consistent sleep routines and schedule
  • Good daily balance of exercise—indoor and outdoor.
  • Don’t go to bed hungry
  • Avoid caffeinated products
  • Plan up to 1 hour of quiet time before bed time
  • Other bedtime routines – Quiet time may include taking a bath, going to the bathroom, brushing teeth, etc. Also, it is important for children to be brought to bed/put into bed awake so that they learn to fall asleep themselves.
  • Your child’s environment is key – Your child’s bedroom should be quiet, comfortable and invitational. NO TV! The child needs to have their sleep object/s available such as a teddy bear, blanket, or doll.

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