A good routine for a good nights sleep

Wednesday, 2 March 2016  | 

Most younger children respond well to a bedtime routine. This is normally along the lines of teatime, followed by quiet play, bath, story and then bed.

Bedtime should be around the same time each evening, although on non school nights, older children already established in a good sleep pattern may be allowed to stay up a little later.

Parents shouldn’t expect children to go to sleep immediately they are in bed - after all, most adults don’t - and they should be allowed to play quietly or read for a little while until they drop off.