Parents urged to prioritise children''s ''sleep hygiene''
Parents have been urged to ensure they get their babies into a good sleep routine while they are still young.
Dr Kenneth Fox, senior clinician educator at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, said youngsters between the ages of four and six months should always go to bed at the same time.
He noted that although the first few months can be challenging for parents when trying to get infants to sleep, introducing this kind of routine will soon have them resting for the entire night, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Dr Fox also told mums and dads to keep cribs free from blankets and toys, as babies should sleep alone.
"The influence of environment is important for all kids and there are things parents can do to strengthen or improve sleep hygiene for their kids," the expert added.
It seems putting their children to bed also gives parents a chance to spend some quality time with their little ones, as a recent study by Feather & Black found 23 per cent of individuals consider reading bedtime stories together their favourite part of the day.
Posted by Michael Ewing