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SLEEPING PATTERNS
 
a. Initially around the ages of   3 - 4, an afternoon nap for your child is extremely necessary. They should get a good 3 - 6 hours of sleep at that time of the day.

b. A small night-light and the child's toys are few of the things that make them comfortable when they sleep. So ensure that these facilities are made available to them.
c. It is also common for children to get scared of thunder and lightening at this age. They may also be scared and get up in the middle of their nap due to bad nightmares. You must assure your child that they are safe and well protected and then put them back to sleep. At the age of 6, if your child gets repeated nightmares every night, it could be due to a particular reason. Try and talk to him and help him if he has a problem, or else consult your pediatrician for help.
d. Before the child sleeps, reading stories to them at this age is extremely helpful. It helps to relax the child's mind and helps the child unwind. In addition to that it imparts some knowledge to the child.
e. Parents must be particularly strict about the bedtime routine. There should be a fixed time for putting the child to sleep and also waking them up. This ensures discipline.


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