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Is Your Child Getting Enough Sleep?

Do you know how much shuteye your children should be getting a night?

Here is a guide from the AAP and the CDC to help you evaluate if your child is sleeping enough:

  • Between birth and 2 months, children need 12–18 hours of sleep

  • Between 3 and 11 months, children need 14–15 hours of sleep

  • Between 1–3 years, children need 12–14 hours of sleep

  • Between 3–5 years, children need 11–13 hours of sleep

  • Between 5–10 years, children need 10–11 hours of sleep

  • Between 10–17 years, children and teenagers need 8.5–9.5 hours of sleep

If sleep is a constant battle in your house, try some of these tips to get your child a full night’s rest:

Bedtime Routines

  • Develop bedtime rituals.

  • Set limits on attention-getting behaviors at night.

  • Pay attention to the sleep environment.

  • Limit time in bed when children are not sleeping.

  • Establish consistent waking times.

  • Avoid caffeinated drinks.

  • Avoid medications to help your child sleep.

  • Discourage excessive evening fluids.

  • Chart your child’s progress. Use praise for successful, quiet nights.

  • Consider medical problems.

  • Make the bedroom a sleep-only zone.

What are some routines you’ve tried that work in your house? Tell me in the comment section below!


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