Sleep is something your little one cannot live without. It is vital to both their mental and physical development. But, how much sleep does your child need? That varies upon their age.
According to John Hopkins Children Hospital the recommended sleep by age is as follows:
- Infants under a year of age need: 12-16 hours of sleep
- Children 1-2 years of age: 11-14 hours of sleep
- Children 3-5 years of age: 10-13 hours of sleep
- Children 6-12 years of age: 9-12 hours of sleep
- Adolescents 13-18 years of age: 8-10 hours of sleep
If your little one is having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep try these tips and tricks:
Prepare a the atmosphere (dim the lights and noise, make sure the temperature is comfortable)
Limit screen use at least an hour before bedtime
Give your little one a warm bath
Try an infant massage
If your child wakes up in the middle of the night, walk them back to bed with as little talking or activities to stimulate them.
If these techniques prove futile and your child is struggling to stay awake during the day or having behavioral difficulties, consider consulting your pediatrician.