A Good Night’s Sleep … With NO TV!

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Screams come from your child’s room down the hall. You throw yourself out of bed and rush to his side. He had another bad dream. But why? All he did before bed was watch his favorite cartoon show … and it wasn’t scary at all. Or was it?

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests that parents allow children to only watch nature or educational programs throughout the day. It’s also recommend that you restrict them from any other TV programs that may contain frightening images … even cartoons … as something that may seem simple and innocent may actually have one tiny image that could frighten children. The AAP also strongly suggests that children don’t watch any TV right before bedtime.

You want to give your child a happy routine to fall asleep with. Try picking up a good, age-appropriate book and snuggle with your child before bed. This calming effect could follow through the night and result in your child’s good night sleep.

Kiera Ashford is associate editor of Nashville Parent and mother of three.

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