Sleep is essential for healthy development – it’s also key in keeping kids from morphing into short-tempered mini tyrants. So; while getting a good night’s rest is mostly a dream for mums and dads – and simply par for the parenting course, we still need to prioritise the length of time our little ones should be spending in lalaland. Check out this handy guide on how many hours of sleep your child needs per day.
Plenty research attests to the fact that well-rested children are more able to regulate their emotions, have less behavioural issues, improved cognitive abilities and overall physical health. While the quota of sleep each child requires in order to enjoy a better quality of life varies across individuals, the following indicates the average number of hours most young ones should be getting.
- Newborns (0-3 months) – 14 to 17 hours
- Infants (4-11 months) – 14 to 17 hours
- Toddlers (1-2 years) – 11 to 14 hours
- Preschoolers (3-5 years) – 10 to 13 hours
Of course, there’ll be plenty times when sleep doesn’t go according to schedule. Sickness, teething, regressions, nighttime anxieties — the list of foils is lengthy; but what you need to remember (no matter how mushy your own exhaustion-addled brain may feel) is that sleep disturbances – like your sleep deprivation – are totally normal and natural. Don’t freak out; just ride it out and keep a consistent nap and bedtime routine going throughout…even if sleep itself is elusive – the bumps tend to smooth out just as quickly as they appear.