We offer child care for Cannington and other Perth suburbs. We can tell you from experience that children who have healthy sleep habits are more well-adjusted and have a lot more fun than those who don’t. When children get a good night’s sleep, they are physically relaxed and mentally alert the next day. Their brains are making new connections. This can be easily observed as a pattern over time.
Why Sleep Habits are So Important
If you help your child establish healthy sleep habits early in life, it can lead to a lifetime of great sleep and enhanced health. The other side of the equation: children with poor sleep habits are more likely to suffer from obesity, impaired attention, impaired memory and decreased academic performance.
Beyond Child Care: What to Do About It
There are some steps you can take at home to help your child develop good sleep habits. Here is a plan that can help you do just that.
Make Sure Your Child Gets Enough Sleep
A lot of times, children just aren’t getting enough sleep. A baby needs 14-15 hours of sleep. Toddlers from 1-3 years old need 12-14 hours of sleep. Preschoolers from 3-5 years old need 11-13 hours of sleep. School age children from 6-12 years of age need 10-11 hours of sleep.
Napping is Essential in Preschoolers
Babies start out with up to four naps per day. By eight months, they need two naps. By 21 months, they can get by with one nap. After they turn six years old, naps are no longer necessary.
Quality of Sleep
Sleep should be continuous. If it isn’t, your child isn’t getting the full benefit from his or her sleep. Broken sleep can be a symptom of a medical condition. If nothing works to help your child get uninterrupted sleep, consult a medical professional.
Know When Your Child is Drowsy
Your child will begin to exhibit symptoms and behaviours that are easily discernible when drowsy. These can include yawning, hooded eyelids, slower motions, decreased activity, crankiness, irritability, eye-rubbing or excessive quiet.
Establish a Bedtime Routine and a Wakeup Routine
A regular bedtime, wakeup time and routine will help establish regular patterns.
Child Care for Cannington Families
If you need child care for your family in Cannington or any other Perth suburb, use the information at the bottom of the page to contact your nearest Cuddles Childcare Centre today.