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Child Sleeping

Prepare Children for Sleep

Young children need plenty of quality sleep each night but meeting that goal can be a struggle for parents. In preparation for school, adjust your bedtime a few weeks before the first day.

Tips to make sleep easier:

  • As much as possible, make sure children go to bed and wake up at the same time each day, even on the weekends.
  • Follow a consistent, soothing bedtime routine, such as reading stories and having a goodnight song.
  • Set, explain, and enforce limits for children at bedtime.
  • Consider a comfort item, such as a blanket or small stuffed animal.
  • Make sure children sleep in the same room each night. The room should be cool, dark, and quiet, and avoiding all screens, such as a television or tablet.

Discuss your child's specific sleep needs based on age and activity with his or her pediatrician. Visit for more information.