Sleep promotes sleep, growth and development

Why do children need sleep

The average child has a busy day. There's kinder, running around with their friends, learning new skills, developing the skills they already know. By the end of the day, your body needs a break and sleep allows your body to rest. 'KidsHealth' has an great article about 'what sleep is and why all kids need it by clicking here you can read about why your brain needs zzzzzzs, the different stages of sleep and more

Sleeping

The first years of life for a child are the foundations for not only promotion for sleep but for later growth, development and learning.

Having a baby is a wondering and exciting and one of the most tiring times in a parents life. so it no wonder that anyone caring for a baby thinks about how to get enough sleep.

As a parent, it is not just importance to get enough sleep for yourself, it is also essential that your baby has enough sleep

By six months old, only about 50 per cent of babies sleep through the night. At one year of age, close to 40 per cent of babies still wake a night. It is not until about age three that most children are confident enough to sleep through most nights

"Sleeping through the night' also means something different to babies than to adults. While some babies may sleep for longer, having five hours sleep between midnight and 5.00 am is considered sleeping through the night.

How much sleep do children need?

Birth to three months
  • Newborns generally wake frequently, every one to three hours, needing a feed and attention
  • Sleep needs change quickly as they grow. many babies sleep 14-20 hours a day in the first weeks.
  • By six weeks, 25 per cent of babies are sleeping straight fiver-hour stretch, not necessarily at night.
  • By three months, most babies have longer times awake during the day and longer sleep times at night.

At three months, babies go into a deep sleep more quickly than when they were younger.

Three to six months
  • Some babies have two or three longish sleeps during the day, while others just have short naps.
  • Some may sleep 12 hours with interruption; few manage eight hours. However, remember that five hours is considered a night sleep.
  • Many wake fairly regularly, for food.
Six months to three years
  • Some babies and toddlers sleep through the night.
  • Many still wake, often more than once, at night.
  • At two-three years, 41 per cent of young children are still waking once or twice a night, with few waking more often.
Three to Six years
  • A wide range of sleep patterns is normal, If your preschool child is still waking at night you are not alone!
  • Most children need about 10-12 hours sleep at night
  • Bedtimes vary a lot. Some children go to bed 6.30pm; other stay up until 9.30pm or later. Often those who go to bed later wake up later.
  • Young children may still need a daytime sleep as well, but by preschool age only a few are still having this

You can read the whole article is from "Early Childhood Australia" website. Click Here to read the full article.

Belinda (Belle) Kuschert

Kindergarten Teacher

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