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Bedtime Battles

Stick to a nightly ritual

(HealthDayNews) -- If your toddler fights going to bed at night, Boy's Town Pediatrics in Omaha offers these guidelines to help make bedtime less stressful:

  • Establish a bedtime routine, which may include eating dinner a half-hour before bed, taking a warm bath, putting on a fresh diaper and/or clean pajamas, and reading a bedtime story.
  • Insist that once your child is put to bed, he must stay there. Ignore tantrums by leaving the room. If you respond to your child's protests, you're teaching him he can prolong staying awake.
  • Never ignore your child's nightmares or bedtime fears. Always reassure your child that he's safe.
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