Baby, Behaviors, Dad, Mums, School Kids, Sleep, toddlers

How much sleep should they be getting?

At some stage, as parents we wonder whether our kids get enough of, or too much of sleep.  Sleeping is so important for growing, development and keeps kids moods regulated.  And for us parents gives us a chance to recover, rest or get other bits and pieces done.

There is no standard or normal when it comes to babies and children.  They are all unique and some more energetic than others, so its best that you play it by ear and work with them to create a  natural routine.

Etienne (2) is a morning person, he’s up at 7am, naps approx 1.5 hours during the day and is usually down by 930pm.  Chance (3), however, is a bit of a night owl.  We are in school holidays at the moment so he is up at 1030ish, sometimes doesn’t nap and goes down at 11pm on average — when we are unlucky he stays up till 2am…  On school term though, this all changes.

Anyway, for those of you who are wondering how much their kids should be sleeping, check out this guide I found below.  And remember that they will usually sleep more during growth spurts, after new experiences and when they are unwell.

 

sleep chart

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