I quickly grabbed my Blackberry and googled about sleeping hours for children and being a member of babycenter.com, I found out that this information is very useful for a mum like me, who doesn't have anyone (own mother and mother-in-law) to refer to, regarding this matters. I really thanked the existence of INTERNET for being such an IMPORTANT thing to have in our life! :)
|Sleeping angel, baby Darwish|
|Age||Nighttime sleep||Daytime sleep||Average total sleep|
|2 years||10.5 to 12.5 hours||1 to 3 hours (1 nap)||11.5 to 15.5 hours|
|3 years||10.5 to 12.5 hours||1 to 3 hours (1 nap)||11 to 14 hours|
|4 years||10 to 12 hours||0 to 2.5 hours (1 or no nap)||10 to 13 hours|
|5 years||10 to 12 hours||0 to 2.5 hours (1 or no nap)||10 to 12.5 hours|
|6 years||10 to 11.5 hours||none||10 to 11.5 hours|
|7 years||9.5 to 11.5 hours||none||9.5 to 11.5 hours|
|8 years||9.5 to 11.5 hours||none||9.5 to 11.5 hours|
|*Note: The two sets of numbers don't always add up because children who take longer naps tend to sleep fewer hours at night, and vice versa.|
Keep in mind that most kids need a lot of sleep — usually more than parents allow for. Often, says BabyCenter sleep expert Jodi Mindell, author of Sleeping Through the Night, if a child has poor sleep habits or refuses to nap or go to bed before 10 at night, his parents will assume that he just doesn't need much sleep. That's probably not the case — in fact, it's likely that such a child is actually sleep-deprived, hence his hyper, overtired behavior at bedtime. To see whether your child falls into this camp, ask yourself:
- Does my child frequently fall asleep while riding in the car?
- Do I have to wake him almost every morning?
- Does he seem cranky, irritable, or overtired during the day?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, your child may be getting less sleep than his body craves. To change this pattern, you'll need to help him develop good sleep habits, and set an appropriate bedtime and then stick to it. A preschooler or young grade-schooler who's outgrown napping needs a solid 11 to 12 hours of sleep a night, and that amount will gradually decrease as he gets older. Even so, by the time he's a teenager, your child will still need nine to ten hours of shut-eye a night.
After reading this, I decided to ask both Dayana and Danish to sleep at 8pm, the latest is at 8.30pm and they agree without any drama involved. So, mums and dads out there, please take extra care for our kids's sleeping hour and patterns because well rested children will be more alert and ready to learn at school.