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Children & Sleep

July 15, 2013

For many new first-time parents there is nothing that is more challenging than dealing with a child’s sleeping patterns. The good news however, is that over time these sleep patterns do change, as your child grows older it will sleep for longer periods and will start sleeping through the night.

However, when a baby is first brought home you need to be prepared to deal with erratic sleep schedules. Getting up in the middle of the night will be the norm for the next few months, so make the most of the sleep you do get. To do this, you will need to mprovide yourself (and your partner for that matter) with a restful sleeping environment. To do this, ensure that you have a cool dark bedroom and a supportive mattress. If you have these two simple things you can ensure that you have the best sleep possible, even if it's for short interrupted periods of time.

Sleep Tip: Learn to sleep when your baby does! For most parents it is tempting to tackle unfinished chores while the baby sleeps, but don’t do this. A quick nap will help boost your energy and your sleep is as important to you as it is to your child.

How much sleep does my child need?

On average, all infants need about 16 hours of sleep. Toddlers on the other hand need about 12, while pre- school kids need roughly 10.5 hours of sleep. Children that are six or older need only about 9-10 hours however.

To ensure that a child gets the right amount of sleep, always make sure that the child's bedroom is conducive to a good night's sleep. As with adults the child’s bedroom needs to be cool, quiet and dark. They also need a comfortable, supportive mattress! Do not give your child your old mattress. Remember, if it is no longer comfortable for you, it is not good enough for someone else. 

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