How much sleep children need?


How long a child needs sleep?

The child’s sleeping habits (if you sleep or not and for how long) affect the entire family. Therefore good habits are important rules and bedtime.

The time required depends on each person sleep each and this article can only be a guide. If your son is a very active child, you do not need much sleep, it may not be a problem. Attempting to change the child’s sleeping habits as someone called “normal” will only cause problems.

How long does a newborn sleep?

A newborn usually sleeps between 16 and 19 hours a day. Usually wake up every two or three hours to eat. As they wake up hungry, not usually sleep more than four or five hours. This is the maximum period that infants should sleep to avoid very long fasts. While the child is normal and healthy, so good.

Moreover, if the child has needs feeding special (eg, lost weight or not earn enough) may have to wake your child every two or three hours to feed. Your doctor will tell you what to do if this is the case.

How long does a baby sleep in three months?

A three month old baby usually sleeps between 13 and 15 hours a day. Approximately five will be the rest day and night. The baby may wake up once or twice every night.

If parents have to feed or change the baby at night, they should do so quickly and quietly, with little light as possible, without talking or playing with it at the time, preventing the child is excited to go back to sleep .

So, when the baby wakes up, try to go to sleep. If you removed the duvet cover it again and pat the baby’s back gently, just to reassure assuring him there. This may be enough for the child to return to sleep, allow a few minutes before doing anything else.

Parents should teach children that it’s okay exciting night and talk and play only occurs during the day. Babies do not care if they sleep at night and are awake during the day or vice versa. Parents must teach what is best.

How much sleep a child between 6 and 12 months?

A child between six months and a year usually sleep 12 to 14 hours a day.

If the child still wakes up at night, it’s OK for parents to let go five minutes before attempting to return the child to sleep. Obviously, parents should make sure that nothing bad happens to the child. Over time, parents learn to recognize the different cries of the baby, distinguishing when hungry, tired or in pain.

Pat the baby’s back gently and talk softly to reassure assuring him there. At this age, the child can have a soft toy or favorite blanket, you can hug at night. These familiar things make you feel safe.

How long a child needs to sleep one to three years?

A child between one and three years usually sleep 10 to 12 hours a day. To prepare the child is a good idea to establish a routine before going to bed because this way he will know when it is time to go to sleep.

How long does sleep a preschooler?

A preschool child is usually about 10 to 12 hours each night. At this age, sleep routines and go to bed already familiar. However, parents should be aware that the child may have nightmares. If your child wakes up crying because of a nightmare, comfort and safety needs. Parents should go to the child’s room, stroking his back gently and speak softly. Do not ask about sleep. Typically, the child is not fully awake and could go back to sleep quickly if only the father sits with him in silence. Typically, the child will not remember the nightmare in the morning.

How long does sleep a school-age child?

At this age, the dream is very similar to that of adults, keeping sleep at night only, thereby decreasing the time you can devote to a nap and their frequency. Thus, a school-age child usually needs about 10 hours of sleep each night. In deciding when to go to bed, it is important to think about when you have to go to school in the morning the child and how long you need to get ready and get to school. Thus, the child will spend a good night sleep and feel rested in the morning. If not, the child will not perform in the school and each morning will be a problem, trying to get out of bed to a tired child. Parents must decide the right time to go to bed for the child’s sake.

What is a bedtime routine?

It is important to a period of rest before going to bed, maintaining the same bed time. The bedtime routine is doing the same things in the same order, at the same time each day, before going to bed and sleep.

An example of routine:

For both the child and the rest of the family, a routine of about 15 or 30 minutes is best.

  • Allow the child to calm down playing a quiet game together
  • Let her choose what to wear pajamas or nightgown
  • Listen to soothing music
  • Read or tell a story
  • ArrĂ³pelo with his blanket, teddy bear or anything else that makes you feel safe.

What if my child does not sleep well as it should?

Use common sense. Look at children: if it looks rested, healthy and is developing normally, probably enough sleep. How much sleep the other family members?, Will more than usual or less than usual? The more or less need for sleep is usually inherited from parents.

Note that sleep disorders are common in childhood and is associated with fears, nighttime awakenings, medical or psychiatric problems and family problems. We must also assess the environmental conditions influencing these changes: the light or noise, for example, for even a high volume of the television or radio, induce problems of this type.

Sleep disturbances cause daytime sleepiness, behavioral disorders and school delay, thus parental stress. These problems can continue even into adulthood, so it is very convenient to detect and fix.

If my son wakes up at night, should I let him cry until you fall asleep?

No. A child crying, always need to know that their parents are there. The child needs security. The presence of parents make it less susceptible to fear. Cherish the child’s back softly, talk quietly with soothing words and a calm and caring but firm, and arrĂ³pelo again. Do it several times if necessary.

If a baby cries, parents should make sure that you are not sick or have a fever.

Dr. Stuart Crisp , pediatric specialist