Why sleep is important for toddlers

“Let them sleep, for when they wake up, they will conquer the world.”

Do you know the average amount of sleep recommended for young toddlers?

Toddlers need at least 11-14 hours of sleep every 24 hours. That means at least 10-12 hours at night and 1-2 hours during the daytime. Toddlers are developing fast. They tend to produce a growth hormone just after they fall into a deep sleep. This hormone is essential in maintaining the flow of biological events occurring in their bodies. Hence, at this age, sleep is vital for toddlers as it affects their physical and mental development and also impacts their overall health and happiness.

Researchers have proved that if a child fails to achieve the estimated amount of sleep, then it can really affect their overall growth. Not only inadequate sleep affects a child’s immune system but it also leads to other behavioral problems and mood swings.

“Sleep is an investment in the energy you need to be effective tomorrow.”

Sleep is like food to our brain. And for the brain to function properly, it requires the necessary amount of sleep and rest. Toddlers are high-spirited, curious personalities who love to throw tantrums at their parents. Although every child is unique and different. Some love to sleep a lot and some don’t even sleep for the estimated time. Sleeping habits start from birth. Good sleeping habit is a must-have quality you need to instill in your kids. 

Research shows parents should also be held responsible for developing bad sleeping habits in kids. We as parents are constantly juggling between multiple tasks and role expectations. We take sleep for granted these days. We are under so much stress and pressure that we develop bad sleeping habits for ourselves and our kids as well. We keep on promising ourselves that we will do better next time. We tend to produce excuses for our endless drawbacks and draining sleep habits. We tend to forget how important sleep actually is, for ourselves and for our younger children. Kids who have quality sleep daily, can stay more concentrated, more creative, and do better socially when they are well-rested.

“Sleep is the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.”

Proven healthy habits to improve the quantity and quality of your children’s sleep.

1:- Set up a consistent and calming bedtime routine for your child. Your child should be familiar with the bedtime routine he follows. It is important to keep a well-balanced sleep schedule. Stick with the same bedtimes and awake times when it comes to your kids sleeping habits.

2:- “Prioritizing good sleep is good self-love.”

When it comes to good sleep, provide a dark, quiet, and cool environment for kids to sleep. Keep the bedroom cozy and night-friendly with dim lights for quality sleep.

3:- “There are bad dreams for those who sleep unwisely.”

Observe some of these symptoms such as refusing to go to bed, difficulty falling asleep, nightmares, and sleepwalking in your kids. These can cause unhealthy sleeping habits in your child’s daily routine. Also, be on the lookout for any signs of sleeping disorders. Try to provide comfort to your kids by being patient. Be gentle but firm if your child protests.

4:- Avoid naps that are too late in the day because, at this age, toddlers might not be ready for bed until late at night. Which might indirectly affect their nighttime sleeping. Help your child with some good bedtime stories and soothing music that will allow them to have a sound sleep. 

5:- Toddlers are hyperactive, impulsive beings. Even after you have said goodnight, they might tend to get out of bed or call you out due to difficulty in falling asleep. Check whether your child actually needs something when they call out. Avoid boisterous play especially before bedtime. And avoid letting your child watch scary or exciting things close to bedtime.

6:- Your child might experience nightmares. They often occur after a stressful physical or emotional event. It can also be caused due to fever or lack of sleep. If your child suddenly gets very upset while sleeping deeply. Then, talk calmly, reassure them and cuddle them gently. Make sure you answer when they call out to you for comfort.

“Having a child fall asleep in your arms is the most peaceful feeling in the world.”

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