A regular, predictable bedtime routine can help children get enough sleep. Try to plan this around an appropriate bedtime.
Make the bedroom a safe, relaxing space free of clutter. A blackout blind can be helpful to keep out sunlight. Some children may find a night light soothing.
For babies, keep the room temperature between 16-20°C. The Lullaby Trust has more information on how to get the right temperature for babies.
Older children can kick off or move sheets as they need to.
The light from TVs, tablets and phones is stimulating, so turn them off an hour before bed.
It’s a good idea to keep screens out of the bedroom at night altogether. Older children may want to stay up late on social media, or check their phones in the morning. Try storing or charging phones in another room.
Prepare your child for bed.
Once you’ve found a routine that works for your child, try to keep it the same each night.
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