Children and Sleep: What You Should Know About Your Child’s Rest Needs

All parents want their children to get the right amount and best quality of sleep. The obvious question for you is: What is the right amount and how do I help to facilitate it? This post will help answer your questions.

The first thing to note is that your child’s sleeping needs will vary with his or her age. Newborns may not have a regular sleeping pattern, but there are things you should expect over time and ways to enhance your child’s sleep cycle. The following post is a helpful place to start:

From Newborn to Preschooler, 6 Expert Strategies for Sleep Success

Some of our constant concerns when it comes to our kids is sleep: Are they getting enough? How is the quality of his sleep? How do you establish a bedtime routine that will stick?

These were just some of the questions asked of Dr. Agnes Tirona-Remulla, head of the Sleep Lab at Asian Hospital and Medical Center in Muntinlupa. Dr. Tirona Remulla was the featured speaker at the launch of Johnson’s Bedtime range that includes baby bath, baby oil, baby powder and baby lotion (this range is now infused with essences of Jasmine Blossoms designed to calm baby for sleep, according to Johnson’s).

In her talk, Dr. Tirona-Remulla provided practical tips to improve the quality of sleep, from newborn to preschooler. Read more at Smart Parenting…

Establishing a sleeping routine is something you will want to want to do. Keep in mind that the earlier you start, the better it will be for both you and your child.

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For preschoolers, it is important that they go to sleep early. They require additional hours of rest because their bodies are growing at a very fast pace. Not only is sleep essential for physical growth, it also has additional health benefits, as discussed in the post below:

Early bedtimes for preschoolers linked to lower obesity risk

Getting young children into bed before 8 p.m. might reduce the risk of being obese in later life, suggests new research published in the Journal of Pediatrics.

According to researchers from The Ohio State University College of Public Health, putting preschoolers to bed later in the evening, especially after 9 p.m., is linked to a higher risk of becoming obese.

To assess the effect of varying bedtimes, the team looked at data from 977 preschoolers who were part of the Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development, a project that followed healthy babies born at 10 different U.S. sites in 1991. Read more at CTV News…

Now you know: If you want your children to have a healthy body mass index (BMI), one of the things you should do is make sure they get enough sleep. Obesity comes with many risks, so if putting your children to bed early will help prevent it, do it.

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Some late evening activities may hinder your child from getting quality sleep once they go to bed. The following post describes some of the activities you should monitor and help your child avoid:

Bedtime media device use linked to poor sleep quality among children

Portable media devices, such as cell phones and tablets, are ever present in children’s lives, and the majority of children and adolescents have devices present where they sleep. So does access to and use of these devices cut into the quantity and quality of their sleep? A new article published online by JAMA Pediatrics suggests they do.

Sleep is crucial for children for healthy physical and psychological development.

Ben Carter, Ph.D., M.Sc., of King’s College London, and coauthors reviewed medical literature for an analysis that included randomized clinical trials and other study designs. They assessed 20 studies – involving 125,198 children with an average age of 14.5 years – for methodological quality and included 17, with 11 studies included in the meta-analysis.

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The fact that sleep is essential for your child is not in doubt. As such, it is important to develop a good bedtime routine. If your child is in preschool, it’s even more important since an early morning is probably part of their daily routine.

At Spanish for fun!, we are committed to giving your child a holistic preschool experience that supports their development in all ways. We employ a fun, play-based approach to learning within our Spanish immersion program. Your child will be happy to share about his or her day every day.

We encourage you to schedule a tour of our Daycare Center in Wake Forest NC Campus to learn more about our unique daycare experience. Call 919-881-1695 or complete the form on our website. We look forward to showing you why your child will thrive with us.