If you have had children you are probably aware that a child that is not sleeping well at nights can take its toll on an entire family. Not only can it effect a child’s performance in school but it can also cause parents to become cranky and family relationships in general will suffer.
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The National Sleep Foundation recommends that infants should get 14-15 hours of sleep in a 24 hour period, toddlers 12-14, preschoolers 11-13, and school-age 10-11. Consistency is the key for achieving such numbers. It is recommended that you put kids to sleep and wake them up at the same times every day, including weekends. Whenever you change your child’s bedtime, do so gradually. A child who is used to going to bed at 10:00 will probably not be ready to go to bed by 8:00 the next day. Try putting your child to sleep 15 minutes early each night until you reach your desired bedtime.
Another way to help your kids get to sleep is to have a consistent bedtime routine. Create a relaxing environment by turning the t.v. off and the lights down. Horseplay is obviously not a good activity for getting kids settled down. Have a bath, a snack, or read books. There are many different things you can do, the key is to be consistent.