Day-to-day routine and structure guarantees good sleep for the child and provides a sense of security.


  • Regular day routine
  • The parent decides on bedtime which is then adhered to.
  • Night routines should be started in good time.
  • A parent should be closely involved in their child’s night time routines.
  • A quarrelsome, grumpy and tired child may have had too little sleep and should go to bed earlier.
  • When a child is getting close to his or her third birthday, they may start waking up at night.
  • Children dream at night and they may get scared – they want to be comforted by their parents.

A child needs help from the parents to set up a good bedtime routine. A child cannot decide on bedtime.

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