Many children keep having a daytime sleep until they’re 3 or 4 years old. When your child stops, you may like to give them a rest time instead.
Children can learn to look forward to a daily quiet time in bed or some other regular, snuggly place in the house. They could have some books, quiet toys, or perhaps a CD of children’s stories or songs to listen to.
Some children find it hard to settle to sleep at night. If this is a problem for your child, you may like to try some of the following:
If your child comes out of their room, go back and resettle them in a calm, business-like manner, paying little attention to the crying or what they say. Then leave the room. You may need to repeat this.
Older children can wake with nightmares or night terrors. Nightmares tend to be more common for children than adults.
To help your child go back to sleep they may like a cuddle and being talked to quietly and reassuringly. After a while they may relax and go back to sleep.
Nightmares can be caused by scary TV programmes, so avoiding TV before bedtime may help. Talk to your Plunket nurse or another health provider if you’re worried about your child’s sleep.