The best time to put your child to bed!

Published : 08-08-2018 12:46:40
Categories : Child Sleep

The best time to put your child to bed!

8 o’clock, 9 o’clock or 10 o’clock…. it’s not always easy to work out the best time to put your child to bed. Here are a few tips to guide you!

Sleep requirements vary depending on age

Children’s sleep requirements change as they grow. From the ages of 6 months to 4 years, the amount of time your little one sleeps during the day gradually decreases. At this stage, children often start to find falling asleep more difficult and wake up during the night. Between the ages of 4 and 12, afternoon naps disappear and bedtime becomes gradually later. It is around 8 o’clock for 5/6 year-olds, 9 o’clock for 8 year-olds and 10 o’clock by the time your child becomes a teenager [1].

Bedtime for children: the tell-tale signs

In fact, a number of very obvious signs should tell you when it’s bedtime. One of the main ones is rubbing their eyes or ears. Or your little one might start to shiver. That’s because they’re starting to produce melatonin, which lowers their body temperature slightly. Put your little one to bed, as it’s exactly the right time for them to fall asleep quickly!

What can you do to help your child sleep better?

For a start, making sure your child goes to bed at the right time is an excellent habit to get into. But it’s important to know that other factors can also affect how well your little one sleeps. First and foremost, what they eat. At afternoon snack time, favour fruit, because the sugar it contains will promote the production of melatonin. In the evening, make sure meals aren’t too heavy, since this can make it harder to get to sleep. Avoid protein and always offer vegetables! Does your child always finds it difficult to get back into a normal routine at the end of the holidays? Make the most of days off and weekends to let your child sleep later in the morning. You could also suggest a restorative afternoon nap! [1] Source: figures supplied by the French Sleep Research and Medicine Society, Lyon 1 University

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