If you have a temperamental toddler it could be worth incorporating cuddles into their bedtime routine, a new study suggests.
Researchers have discovered passive tricks to help a child fall asleep – for example cuddling, singing and reading – are positively linked to a child’s temperament.
On the other hand taking more active measures like walking, going on a drive or playing with your child appear to have a negative effect, the study suggests.
A team of international scientists asked 841 parents across 14 countries to participate, who all had toddlers aged between 17 and 40 months.
Christie Pham, a psychology graduate student and one of the authors from Washington State University, said: “Our study shows that a parent’s sleep-supporting techniques are substantially associated with their child’s temperament traits across cultures, potentially impacting their development.
“For example, countries with higher reliance on passive strategies had toddlers with higher sociability scores.
“Our results demonstrate the importance of sleep promotion and suggest that parental sleep practices could be potential targets for interventions to mitigate risk posed by challenging temperament profiles across cultures.”
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