Our resident sleep expert Dr Nerina
Ramlakhan shares her top tips to make the most of your child's
sleep routine.


mum and baby


When it
comes to parenting, should we have a 'no messing' and 'success
focused' tiger mum 
approach to our kids
? This is a subject of much debate. While
some mums will argue they are
just giving their children
goals and aspirations, others believe it can be counterproductive
and 'pushy' - leaving children unhappy and stunted.


We at Silentnight want the best from
your little ones
, and for us the roar of any parent starts in the bedroom!
With mums constantly having to juggle work and raising a family, we
believe a good night's sleep is the first step to ensure your child
is on a healthy and productive path in life.


As the social pressure builds on
parents to be 'super mums
,' and the UK Government weighs in with the promise of
parenting lessons for all British families, our sleep expert Dr
Nerina Ramlakhan argues we could increase the health and
development for our kids if we simply focused on improving their
bed time routines. 


We all want our children to make the most of the
academic and social challenges the day as in store, therefore Dr
Nerina argues a good night's kip will boost alertness, memory and
performance.


National Sleep Foundation recommends up to 18 hours
sleep for a zero to two month-old baby, with toddlers needing
around 
12 to 14 hours
 to ensure their development. If your child
is slightly older and heading towards adolescence, sleep is still
vital, with 10 to 11-year-olds needing an estimated 11 hours sleep
per night. 


Here Dr Nerina tells us her top tips for getting the
most out of your child's nights sleep!


 1. Tick-tock, stick to the clock: A child's
routine is so important - a routine and peaceful lead up to bedtime
will help them get into the pattern of good sleep. This routine
will train the mind to switch off and is something they will take
with them into later life. So make bedtime the same time every
night


 2. Turn off the telly: Make bedtime a positive
and relaxing experience without TV or videos. In fact, ban all tech
from your child's bedroom! 


 3. Keep calm and relax: Save your child's
favourite relaxing, non-stimulating activities until last and have
them occur in the child's bedroom. Give your child their favourite
toy, dummy (if they use one) or comforter before settling into
bed.


4. Bath, book, bed: Simple things
like bathing your children, reading them a bed time story and
making sure the room is a comfortable temperature are key to
getting a good night
's sleep.


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