Children Need Plenty of ZZZs. Do You Know How Many?
Children NEED a lot of sleep. It is vital to their health, development, and mental well-being. There was a study published last month that links childhood obesity to a lack of sleep. Findings in this study pinpoint a critical window before the age of 5 years, when sleep may be a factor in later obesity. It can be challenging to be consistent with a nighttime routine at first, but it will get easy and your child will benefit in so many ways from it. Who knows? You may be able to squeeze a little “me” time in before you hit the sack.
So, how many hours a day should your child be sleeping? Here is a general guide from Webmd:
1-4 weeks old: 15-16 hours a day.
1-4 months old: 14-15 hours a day.
4-12 months old: 14-15 hours a day.
1-3 years old: 12-14 hours a day.
*3-6 years old: 10-12 hours a day.
*7-12 years old: 10-11 hours a day.
*13-18 years old: 8-9 hours a day.
*Children in these age ranges should be getting the listed amount of sleep per night. Naps are fine, but they are not a substitute for a good night sleep.