Science Explains Why Lying Down With Your Child Is Good For Both The Child And The Parent

When you have a child you need to put them to bed. Children are restless and hyperactive. Even the ones that are not hyperactive still aren’t easy to put to sleep on time. Most parents have a simple routine – they put their child in their bed and read them a bedtime story and that is it. But, there are other ways to put your child to sleep and make sure they stay in bed and fall asleep on time.

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1It helps calm them down

Lying down with your children will calm them down easily. Watching their parent stay still and lay down with them they as they fall asleep calms them down. There is no frantic movement and children like to copy their parents so they will do exactly what they see their parents doing which in this case is laying down and staying calm.

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2This helps them fall asleep faster

Keeping the child lying next to you is a great way to calm them down which in turn makes them feel sleepy. If they keep moving they will not fall asleep. But keeping them beside you and limiting their movement will make them relax and naturally feel sleepy and soon will fall asleep.

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3They sync their breathing to yours

Wonder how holding your child close makes them calmer? It’s all about breathing. When you hold them close to your chest their breathing and yours sync up and as you breathe slowly and steadily they breathe the same way too. This steady breathing is what calms them down so fast and works great if they touch the skin on your chest.

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4Children are hard to control

Children are very hard to control especially during bedtime. And what do you do when you do get them under your control. You put them in their bed and read a bedtime story. This is not enough to keep their playful minds occupied. If you lay down beside them then they will not want to move and disturb you.

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5This reduces stress in the parents

Susan Krauss Whitbourne who is a professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst said in an interview that there is evidence that attachment parenting helps kids be successful as adults as well as reduces the parent’s stress level. The parents were seen with much happier lives.

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