Is your child getting enough sleep?
‘Sleep is important for health and wellbeing at every age, but babies, children and adults sleep differently. The amount of time we spend in light and deep sleep varies depending on age. Babies are biologically programmed to sleep more lightly and wake more often than adults.’
‘On average, a young baby needs around 14 to 15 hours of sleep over a 24-hour period’ while ‘Toddlers need, on average, around 10 to 12 hours sleep per night, and still need daytime naps’
Insufficient sleep causes problems, ‘Children of all ages need adequate sleep and rest. Babies may have trouble feeding properly or finishing their feeds if they are tired. They become over-tired very quickly which can make falling asleep and staying asleep harder. Older babies and toddlers may be more difficult to handle, since tiredness often translates into crankiness and tears.’
‘A child’s sleeping routine at night can be severely disrupted if they don’t get enough sleep during the day’ ‘Even if your child sleeps well at night, they still need a morning and or afternoon nap until at least around the age of two and a half to three years.’
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