Sleep is especially important for children as it directly impacts mental and physical development, learning and growth. By the age of two, most children have spent more time asleep than awake and overall, a child will spend 40% of his or her childhood asleep!
- Develop regular daytime and bedtime schedules that works for you and your child(ren)
- Active children are sleepy children
- Create a consistent and enjoyable bedtime routine that works for you
- Avoid watching television before bedtime
- The majority of children fall asleep in 45minutes
- Establish a regular "sleep friendly" environment
- Calm, comfortable, cool and dark with no television or screens
- Encourage baby to fall asleep independently
- Set limits that are consistent, communicated and enforced
- Encourage use of a security object such as a blanket or stuffed animal
Toddlers need about 11-14 hours of sleep in a 24-hour period. When they reach about 18 months of age their naptimes will decrease to once a day lasting about one to three hours.