Good Nights: 4 Sleep Solutions for Your Preschooler's Bedtime

My kid is never tired at bedtime.

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Aimee Herring

Your child may not look tired, but that doesn't mean she isn't. All preschoolers get drowsy, even if they don't want to admit it. And because many kids move into overdrive when they're overtired, it can seem like they still have energy to burn.

Sleep Solution It's crucial to set a nighttime routine and stick to it. "A child's biological clock functions best with a specific daily schedule, and going to sleep at the same time every day helps her body know when to wind down," says Pantley. Research has also shown that kids who have rules about bedtime have higher scores on tests of language, literacy, and math skills. Make your bedtime pattern a special time to bond. Choose a few calming activities, like braiding your child's hair after her bath, reading, and saying good night to her toys together. And remember to take your time; if you rush through the process, it could create tension and may just make her less sleepy.

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