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Healthy Sleep Habits for Kids

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Sleep is an essential component of fostering healthy development in your children. Healthy sleep habits help adults, as well. Summer time often takes a toll on sleep habits. Kids may sleep in or stay up late…And us moms may not be as strict about bedtimes as we were during the school year. Here are a few guidelines for how much your child should be sleeping even if their sleep schedule has gotten a little off schedule since the summer schedule changes have occurred.

The National Sleep Foundation recommends the following:

  • Newborns (0-3 months): Sleep range narrowed to 14-17 hours each day (previously it was 12-18)
  • Infants (4-11 months): Sleep range widened two hours to 12-15 hours (previously it was 14-15)
  • Toddlers (1-2 years): Sleep range widened by one hour to 11-14 hours (previously it was 12-14)
  • Preschoolers (3-5): Sleep range widened by one hour to 10-13 hours (previously it was 11-13)
  • School age children (6-13): Sleep range widened by one hour to 9-11 hours (previously it was 10-11)
  • Teenagers (14-17): Sleep range widened by one hour to 8-10 hours (previously it was 8.5-9.5)
  • Younger adults (18-25): Sleep range is 7-9 hours (new age category)
  • Adults (26-64): Sleep range did not change and remains 7-9 hours
  • Older adults (65+): Sleep range is 7-8 hours (new age category)

Remember this information when the school year comes back up again. Your child will need the appropriate amount of sleep in order to function at their best. And us moms need to prioritize our sleep, too, so we have the energy and focus to be our best selves, as well.

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Healthy Sleep Habits for Kids

Heather Gilmore

My name is Heather Gilmore. I am so happy to be able to have a space to share helpful insights and resources to other moms out there. Being a parent is hard work and I hope to be able to give you tips and strategies to make it at least a little bit easier and more enjoyable. We love our kids but any mom knows that they can also be exhausting and overwhelming at times, as well. I have a master's degree in social work. I work as a children's therapist. I am also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and work with children with autism spectrum disorder. Additionally, I am a freelance writer specializing in topics related to children and families. I have my own company called Hope Family Resources which provides resources in person and online to help families find greater hope, health, and happiness. See my site and learn more about me at: www.hopefamilyresources.com or email me at [email protected] I have also published books on Amazon. Search for "Discpline and Parenting Strategies for Kids with ADHD," "Have Peace: How to Have Peace in Your Busy, Chaotic Life," and "Sibling Rivalry: How to Deal with Sibling Rivalry so You Won't Have to Anymore,"


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APA Reference
Gilmore, H. (2017). Healthy Sleep Habits for Kids. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 16, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/mommy-matters/2017/06/297/

 

Last updated: 5 Jul 2017
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 5 Jul 2017
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