Lullaby for Trouble

Coaxing your child to sleep isn't a good idea

HealthDay News

HealthDay News

Published on May 19, 2003

(HealthDayNews) -- If your child has trouble sleeping through the night, it could be your fault for creating disorderly sleep habits.

That's the word according to sleep researchers at the Institut Universitari Dexeus in Barcelona, Spain.

The secret of getting a child to sleep through the night, they say, is to create a bedtime ritual that's associated with sleep.

Your child should go to bed on his own and fall asleep without help. Then, if he wakes in the middle of the night, he'll likely fall asleep on his own again.

But if you've gotten into the habit of rocking him to sleep or singing a lullaby, he'll expect to be rocked or sung to before he returns to slumber.

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