Sleep is so very important for little ones. It’s important for growth and health. My kids have been through it all at bed time. We’ve had to rearrange sleeping arrangements, move rooms, change bedtimes, send kids sooner or later, leave lights on, get night lights and even change what kids eat before bed to help them get better rest.
Do you know the sleep recommendations for kids?
- Babies 1-12 Months Old need 14 – 15 hours per day
- Kids 1-3 Years Old need 12 – 14 hours per day
- Kids 7-12 Years Old need 10 – 11 hours per day
- Kids 12-18 Years Old need 8 – 9 hours per day
Of course, kids differ. Some of mine needed way more, and some a little less. It all depends on the child, and those are just recommendations. However, it’s best kids get as much rest as possible so I’ve always tried to make sure my kids get as much as they can. Obviously, you need to make sure that you get the best possible sleep equipment like mattresses, blankets, and pillows. I have written down some of the things I did to help my kids sleep better.
Here’s what I’ve found to help my little ones get the best rest they can at night:
Bedtime Snacks: Choose wisely! Instead of sugar, or sweet snacks try toast and other filling foods that won’t keep them up at night.
Limit drinks after dinner: This is huge. How many pee breaks can one kid request? Six. That was one night in my house a few months ago for just one kiddo! No drinks after 630 for anyone under 10.
No non kid-friendly movies or shows: What my 11 year old may love my 5-year-old won’t. Scary shows, commercials or movies can cause lots of sleep issues so because of this I already limit TV but I make sure only age-appropriate shows or movies are on TV.
Snuggles, a book and lots of hugs and kisses: sometimes I would be in the shower or doing something at bedtime. Then the kids wouldn’t settle, constantly come out because they didn’t give mom hugs and kisses before bed. So I stop everything at bedtime and give them the extra few mins before tucking them in.
Lights, Night Lights, and Sounds: My kids all sleep best when they have a light. My girls use the ORBit Relaxation Lamp now at bedtime, while Jayden uses his Twilight Turtle! They all have fans so they don’t hear anyone else in the house and any noise outside. My kids aren’t light sleepers but our house isn’t very good with sounds and wakes everyone up. Fans are awesome to drown out the noise.
Kids are all so different but one thing that is always the same? Kids want to feel safe, have their bellies full and feel at ease to fall asleep. I always make sure my kids are bedtime ready, but sometimes even that doesn’t help. Cuddles and sometimes laying with them is necessary, but as they get older that shouldn’t be an issue. My girls have always struggled with bedtime, but usually it’s because they want to play and get into trouble rather than sleep.
What about you? How do you help make sure your kids get the proper amount of sleep at night for them?
Any tips or tricks you can share?