In case you are inquisitive about routine bed timings for your preschooler or toddler or kids above 5 years of age, here’s what you need to know. Many of us are not aware about how much sleep is essential for our kids. So primarily let us know how much sleep is required for your kids, toddlers, preschoolers and babies.
As per experts Kids above 5 years require somewhere around 9-10 hrs of sleep per day, while preschoolers require 11 to 13 hours of sleep. For toddlers its 12-14 hours every day and for babies its 14-16 hours. So, babies need to sleep a lot to grow well enough. So, roughly if your kid needs to be woken up at 7 am in the morning, by 8 pm the kid needs to be in bed. You may read the kid a book before sleeping or tell a story for that matter. Many mothers sing lullaby’s to their babies which helps them soothe and sleep. There are few things to keep in mind so that your child’s routine is set. It might take a while for your child to slip into a routine of sleeping early but none the less once its set things would get a bit easier.
The routine should be like bath, food, brushing, book and bed. Hug your child before you put him or her to sleep. Take care of the triggers that can cause your child to cry or throw tantrums or melt down. Avoid giving him food items that have caffeine so that he or she can sleep well on time. Alert your child 10 minutes prior that soon it would be bedtime, so the kid gets ready for it.
If you kid is sleeping beside you, it is good enough but if the kid sleeps in another room, sit beside the kid for a while until the kid is part asleep. Slowly take yourself away. If the kid does want you beside, stay. Tell the kid if he or she feels like coming and sleeping with them in the middle of the night, there is a bed made for the kid already. He or she could come and sleep there.
Once the routine is set, it will help the child for years together and the child will automatically start following it. A healthy routine and enough sleep helps in keeping the child active throughout the day.
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