You’re up during the night for the millionth time.
Your child refuses to nap.
Your child won’t take a nap, and now they won’t go to bed at night, either.
As parents, we’ve been there, and we know it can feel like an endless cycle at times. It can also leave you worried, and left with this age-old parents’ question:
How much sleep should my child get each day?
According to the National Sleep Foundation, missing as little as 30 to 60 minutes of the recommended amount of sleep each day can make a big difference. Kids need enough sleep to support their rapid mental and physical development – and that includes babies, infants and even teenagers.
To give you an idea of how much sleep your child should get each day, the Foundation recommends the following for children ages 0 to 17 years old:
|Age||Recommended||May be appropriate||Not recommended|
|14 to 17 hours||11 to 13 hours
18 to 19 hours
|Less than 11 hours
More than 19 hours
|12 to 15 hours||10 to 11 hours
16 to 18 hours
|Less than 10 hours
More than 18 hours
|11 to 14 hours||9 to 10 hours
15 to 16 hours
|Less than 9 hours
More than 16 hours
|10 to 13 hours||8 to 9 hours
|Less than 8 hours
More than 14 hours
|9 to 11 hours||7 to 8 hours
|Less than 7 hours
More than 12 hours
|8 to 10 hours||7 hours
|Less than 7 hours
More than 11 hours
Of course, every child is different. Some kids take longer naps than others, and some give them up completely at a much younger age. As long as your son or daughter is reaching an amount within the ranges specified, then you may not have much to worry about after all.
If you do have concerns about their sleep habits, their development, or their behavior, then you should contact your pediatrician.
Better Beds May Lead to Better Sleep
You probably know that a good bed usually means better sleep, especially if you’ve ever had a poorly built one. Believe it or not, children need high-quality kids’ beds even more than parents do. Children are doing a lot of growing and, to do that successfully, they require solidly constructed beds and firm kids’ mattresses to help them develop properly.
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