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From infants and toddlers to school-aged children and teens, one of the most common questions we get is how much sleep should my child be getting? While it's true that sleep needs vary from person to person, there are some very reasonable, science-based guidelines to help you determine if your child is getting the sleep he or she needs to grow, learn and play!
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) provides some helpful guidelines regarding just how much sleep children need at different stages in their development. Don't forget though that these numbers reflect TOTAL sleep hours in a 24-hour period, this includes naps.
Do These Numbers Surprise You?
It's important to remember that all children thrive on a regular bedtime routine. Regular sleep deprivation can result in difficult behaviors and health problems such as: irritability, difficulty concentrating, hypertension, obesity, headaches and depression. Children who get enough sleep have a healthier immune system and better school performance, behavior, memory and mental health!!
Did you know??
There are about 3,5000 sleep-related deaths among US babies each year!!
While the exact cause of suddent infant death syndrome (SIDS) is unknown, parents and caregivers can help reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths by making sure to practice safe sleep habits.
Safe sleep habits include:
- Placing your baby on his or her back for all sleep times—naps and at night.
- Using a firm, flat sleep surface, such as a mattress in a safety-approved crib, covered by a fitted sheet.
- Keeping your baby’s sleep area (for example, a crib, pack 'n play, or bassinet) in the same room where you sleep until your baby is at least 6 months old, or ideally, until your baby is one year old.
- Keeping soft bedding such as blankets, pillows, bumper pads, and soft toys out of your baby’s sleep area.
- Do not cover your baby’s head or allow your baby to get too hot. Signs your baby may be getting too hot include sweating or his or her chest feels hot.
- Your baby should always sleep alone, without siblings or other people
- Having a smoke free environment
Need help remembering what safe sleep means?
Think of the ABCs!
A - Alone
B - On the back
C - In a crib
More tips to provide your baby with a safe sleep environment:
- Room temperature should be comfortable to a lightly clothed adult
- Use a one-piece sleeper or other warm clothes instead of blankets
- Offer a pacifier at nap time and bedtime. It should be used when placing an infant down for sleep and should not be reinserted once the infant falls asleep. It should not be coated with a sweet solution. It should be cleaned often and replaced regularly.
- Check and double-check assembled cribs to assure all parts are present and installed correctly
- When awake, encourage "tummy time" by placing babies on their tummies for periods of time. Do not leave babies alone.
- Avoid having babies spend long periods of time in a car seat carrier or "bouncer”