Raising Fit Kids: Recharge

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Why does a favorite thing help a child go to sleep?

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Bedtime means separation, and that can be easier for kids with a personal object, like a doll, teddy bear, or blanket. It can provide a sense of security and control that comforts and reassures your child before she falls asleep.

From: 9 Ways to Make a Child's Bedtime Easy WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

KidsHealth: "When Snack Attacks Strike" and "All About Sleep."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Sleep Hygiene: Helpful Hints to Help You Sleep."

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center: "Healthy Foods and Snacking."

HealthyChildren.org: "Discontinuing the Bottle."

National Sleep Foundation: "Healthy Sleep Tips;" "Back to School Sleep Tips;" and "Children and Sleep."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "The Perils of Late-Night Snacking."

University of Michigan Health System: "Sleep Problems."

Mindell, J. vol. 32: pp 599-606. Sleep,

Satter, E. , Kelcy Press, 2005. Your Child’s Weight: Helping Without Harming

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on December 5, 2017

SOURCES:

KidsHealth: "When Snack Attacks Strike" and "All About Sleep."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Sleep Hygiene: Helpful Hints to Help You Sleep."

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center: "Healthy Foods and Snacking."

HealthyChildren.org: "Discontinuing the Bottle."

National Sleep Foundation: "Healthy Sleep Tips;" "Back to School Sleep Tips;" and "Children and Sleep."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "The Perils of Late-Night Snacking."

University of Michigan Health System: "Sleep Problems."

Mindell, J. vol. 32: pp 599-606. Sleep,

Satter, E. , Kelcy Press, 2005. Your Child’s Weight: Helping Without Harming

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on December 5, 2017

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