Comprehensive Sleep Charts & Sleep Guidelines for Infants Through Adolescents


Comprehensive Sleep Charts & Sleep Guidelines for Infants Through Adolescents

Comprehensive Sleep Charts & Sleep Guidelines for Infants Through Adolescents

When I was a first-time Mom, I was clueless about schedules and how much sleep babies and children need spread between nap and nighttimes. Now, six years later and raising three kids who are excellent sleepers (part being so active they wear themselves right out and part having a solid routine), I can tell you what happens when they aren’t well rested.

 

It’s not pretty. Whining, tantrums, poor choices and unneccessary power struggles at the drop of a hat might ensue… which are all things I think every parent would rather avoid (at all costs.)

 

It was definitely a learning curve at the beginning, trying to find a balance between nap and bedtimes, but the guidelines I’m sharing with you are the same all of my kids have followed from infancy through school-age and they’re spot on.

 

All three of our children are great sleepers and as they’ve grown, we’ve noticed how their bodies have instinctually followed along with these guidelines.

 

Let’s face it – a great sleep routine is not only stellar for kids, but for parents and marriages as well!

 

 

WHY SLEEP IS SO IMPORTANT

Research consistently shows that putting kids to bed early as well as having consistent quality sleep schedules is beneficial for kid’s physical, emotional, and cognitive development.

 

Well-rested children who consistently get enough quality sleep, function at a higher-degree while at school. In this study, they found that consistent sleep schedules and earlier bedtimes allowed children to have better sleep patterns and quality sleep.

 

In another study, it was reported that 18-month-olds who went to bed before 10pm were at a lower risk for motor, language and social deficits compared with kids that went to bed later.

 

I have found that when I stick with a consistent sleep schedule which includes daily naps and early bedtimes they’re much happier, less fussy during the day and overall more enjoyable to be around.

 

As a note, my 2-year-old goes to bed at 6:30pm and my nearly 6-year-old twins still go to bed at 7:30pm. All three wake at 7am.

 

 

THE SLEEP FACTS YOU CAN’T REFUTE 


According to surveys by the National Sleep Foundation, nearly 30 percent of children under the age of 11, and more than half of adolescents don’t get the recommended amount of sleep.

 

And while many sleep experts suggest that young kids (7 and under) go to bed between 6PM and 8PM, more than half of toddlers and preschoolers, and more than 60 percent of school-age children (between 1st – 5th grades) go to bed after 9pm.

 

According to the National Sleep Foundation, research shows that an early bedtime (between 7 PM and 8 PM works best for babies and kids through school-age) and a consistent, soothing, wind-down routine with no screen time—such as TVs, tablets, and the like—will lead to higher quality sleep.

Sleep Guidelines and a Sleep, Bedtime, Nap and Hours of Sleep Chart for Babies and Young Children
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SLEEP GUIDELINES + PRINTABLE


Instead of having multiple charts for naps, sleep, bedtimes and baby awake time, I’ve combined everything into one place so as your children grow and especially if you have multiple kids, this will be something to reference over time.

 

I hope it’s a big help for you, as it is for our family (download the printable below).

 

Comprehensive Sleep Charts & Sleep and Bedtime Guide Printable

 

BONUS: Download the Sleep Chart & Guideline Printable

 

How do these sleep guidelines hold up in your house? Do you have a bedtime that falls in line with the chart?

 

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I’m Corinne, a Mom to three active little kids, including twins. I love coffee at any time of the day, believe afternoon naps are essential, am working hard at creating a meditation practice and filing our family life with experiences, not things.
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