Now that it is August, all I keep thinking is what I need to do to get in prep mode for my children to go back to school. Ensuring my children is on a consistent sleep schedule is one of those things; and now that my babies are no longer babies, what is an appropriate time for their age to call it a night and go to sleep? So... I did a little research to help us ladies out who want to know too!
Here are some tips below for setting up a sleep schedule for children for different age groups:
Infants (4-12 months): Infants should have a consistent schedule for naps and bedtime. Aim for 2-3 naps during the day, each lasting 1-2 hours with a bedtime of around 7-8pm; lasting 12-16 hours.
Toddlers (1-2 years): Toddlers should have a consistent schedule for naps and bedtime. Aim for 1-2 naps during the day, each lasting 1-2 hours, and a bedtime of around 7-8pm; lasting 11 to 14 hours.
Preschoolers (3-5 years): Preschoolers should have a consistent schedule for bedtime. Aim for a bedtime of around 7-8pm; lasting 10 to 13 hours.
School-aged children (6-12 years): School-aged children should have a consistent schedule for bedtime and wake-up time. Aim for a bedtime of around 8-9pm, and wake-up time of around 6-7am.
Adolescents (13-18 years): Adolescents should have a consistent schedule for bedtime and wake-up time. Aim for a bedtime of around 9-10pm and wake-up time of around 6-7am.
It's important to establish a consistent sleep schedule, with regular bedtimes and wake-up times to build a habit and routine. It is also important to create a comfortable and quiet sleeping environment.
Also, try having your child avoid stimulating activities such as watching TV or playing video games close to bedtime; limiting caffeine and sugar intake can help children fall asleep more easily.
Some days may require different schedules, but be flexible with any schedule changes as well. These are general guidelines and some children may need more or less sleep based on their individual needs.
The National Sleep Foundation also recommends keeping a consistent sleep schedule on weekends and holidays to maintain a healthy sleep pattern and prevent sleep disorders.
Take a look below at the following links from The National Sleep Foundation:
Sleep improves mood and energy levels! Let's create healthy sleep routines, especially for the children that go back to school to ensure they are getting adequate amounts of sleep they need.
ALL THINGS MOMMY ❤️