Healthy Sleep Habits
How Many Hours Sleep Does Your Child Need?
Every parent wants to know exactly how much sleep their infants, toddlers and school-going children are getting and how many hours are recommended so that their kids feel fresh and energetic. However, it is important to realize that all children do not require the same amount of sleep. Healthy sleep habits and patterns may vary depending on the age of your child.
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The Hours of Sleep Your Child Requires
• Newborns (1 to 2 months) need round the clock sleep, anywhere from 10.5 to 15 hours sleep. This is interspersed with being fed, nurtured and changed.
• Infants (3 to 11 months) require 9 to 12 hours of sleep. They may also take 30-minute to two-hour naps in the day. They can sleep right through the night.
• Toddlers (1 to 3 years) need 12 to 14 hours of sleep in a day. After they cross 18 months, they sleep through the night and during their day they require a nap of anywhere from one to three hours.
• Pre-schoolers (3 to 5 years) need at least 11 to 13 hours of sleep. Most do not take a daytime nap once they are nearing the age of five.
• School-going Children (5 to 12 years) typically sleep for around 10-11 hours without an afternoon nap
Healthy Sleep Habits
Healthy sleep habits for children are a must for optimal growth and development. To make sure your child inculcates these healthy sleep habits, try out the following.
Set Up a Regular Sleep Routine: See that your child follows a routine that determines when they wake up, go to bed, have their meals and go out to play. This ensures your child has a peaceful and comfortable sleep at night.
Daily Physical Activity is Necessary: Your kids need some form of youth physical activity as it ensures they sleep better during the night.
Supervise Screen Time: Limit your child’s time on technological gadgets such as cell-phones, computers, tablets and TV, especially at night. It can cause a disruption in the sleeping pattern. Hence, refrain from giving your child these gadgets at least an hour before bedtime.
Your Child Needs to Feel Safe at Night: Do not watch scary TV shows at night, understand whether your child is afraid of the dark and install a night lamp in their room, if required. Only when your child feels safe, they can get a peaceful night’s sleep. Avoid nap time that too close to bedtime.
If you think your child has sleep problems, consulting the doctor will help address the problems. Sleep helps in early development of children so it is important to make sure your child gets enough of it.