Sleep is incredibly important for people of all ages, but it is especially important for children.
Sleep not only helps your child’s body to rest and recuperate from the day, it is also essential for your child’s brain development. Toddlers should sleep anywhere from 12-14 hours a day, while a child between the ages of 3 and 6 should aim for 10-12 hours of sleep per day. Unfortunately, many kids put up a bedtime battle, which makes it difficult for them to get enough sleep. That’s why our day care center in Cortlandt Manor has come up with these tips to help you win the nightly bedtime battle:
#1. Set a strict bedtime and stick to it.
If you give in and let your child stay up for a few more minutes tonight, it sets the precedent that your child can stay up a bit longer if they whine and beg enough. Sticking to a strict bedtime will not only help to eliminate some of the begging and whining, but it will also help your child get into a routine, which will help them to sleep better at night.
#2. Make time for your child to wind down.
No one can go from running and playing right to sleeping. Our bodies need time to wind down and relax before we can rest for the night. Extend your child’s bedtime routine to an hour or, at the very least, a half an hour. Bedtime should be free of electronic devices and loud noises, and it should include some snuggle time, a book and possibly a bath to help your child wind down and drift off to sleep.
Want to learn about more tips to help you with the bedtime battle? If so, please stay tuned for our child care expert’s next blog.