Baby & Toddler Sleep
Why Sleep is Important for Babies and Toddlers
Getting a good night’s sleep is important for everyone, but it is especially important for babies and toddlers. Sleep helps to promote physical and mental development in young children, and it also helps to boost the immune system. A lack of sleep can lead to a number of problems, including irritability, behavioral issues, and impaired cognitive function.
How Much Sleep Do Babies and Toddlers Need?
Babies and toddlers need a lot of sleep! Newborns typically sleep for 16-18 hours per day, while 1-2 year olds need 11-14 hours of sleep each day. 3-5 year olds still need a fair amount of sleep, with most experts recommending 10-13 hours per day.
Establishing a Bedtime Routine
One of the best ways to help your child get the sleep they need is to establish a bedtime routine. A bedtime routine should include activities that help your child wind down for the night, such as taking a bath, reading a book, or singing a lullaby. It is also important to establish a regular bedtime and stick to it as much as possible.
Creating a Sleep-Friendly Environment
It is also important to create a sleep-friendly environment for your child. The bedroom should be dark, quiet, and cool in order to promote optimal sleep. If your child has trouble sleeping through the night, you may want to consider using white noise or investing in blackout curtains.
Managing Screen Time Before Bed
Many experts recommend limiting screen time before bed as it can interfere with sleep. screens emit blue light that can suppress melatonin production and make it harder to fall asleep. If you must use screens before bed, consider using blue light blocking glasses or investing in an app that filters out blue light.