Are you looking for a bit of guidance with your child’s sleep routines and sleep schedules? Do you want to see suggested sleep times, nap times, lengths of sleep and baby awake time all in one place? Be sure to check out the comprehensive sleep chart and download the printable to have as your children grow from baby to 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 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 CRITICAL FOR YOUNG CHILDREN
Research consistently shows that putting kids to bed early and 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 IMPORTANCE 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 + SNAG YOUR 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).
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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