We are in week three of the new school year, and while Ethan is having no problems falling back into the earlier-bedtime-school-schedule, the girls just ain’t having it. Every night is a fight. They don’t want to go to bed, and when they get in bed, they don’t want to go to sleep. I’ve had to push bedtime up a half hour just to make sure they are asleep at a decent hour! Healthy sleep for kids is important, especially during the school year. But do you know how much sleep your child really needs?
- Newborns: 16-18 hours a day
- Preschool-aged children: 11-12 hours a day
- School-aged children: At least 10 hours a day
- Teens: 9-10 hours a day
Is it more or less than you thought it would be? I thought the kids needed only about 9 hours or so, so mine need at least another hour of sleep every night (which means an extra hour of mommy free time too!)
So how do you promote healthy sleep for kids? There are a lot of simple things that you can do to promote healthy sleep; sticking to a routine, limiting caffeine intake, and a healthy diet are all very important. But there are other things too, like keeping a sleep diary. You can find out all about Promoting Healthy Sleep For Kids at the OTCsafety website.
I’ve also written about promoting healthy sleep for kids here! My post How To Get Your Child To Go To Sleep has four simple (and fun) ways to get your kids to settle down and settle in for the night. Make sure to check out the fun song I’ve included, we sing it almost every night at your house!