Sleep is Healthy
According to KIDSHEALTH.ORG :
Preschoolers sleep about 10 to 12 hours during each 24-hour period, but there’s no need to be rigid about which 10 to 12 hours these are. The most important thing is to help kids develop good habits for getting to sleep.
Benefits of a Bedtime Routine
A bedtime routine is a great way to help your preschooler get enough sleep. Here are a few things to keep in mind when creating one:
- Include a winding-down period during the half hour before bedtime.
- Stick to a bedtime, alerting your child both half an hour and 10 minutes beforehand.
- Keep consistent playtimes and mealtimes.
- Avoid stimulants, such as caffeine, near bedtime.
- Make the bedroom quiet, cozy, and perfect for sleeping.
- Use the bed only for sleeping — not for playing or watching TV.
- Limit food and drink before bedtime.
- Allow your child to choose which pajamas to wear, which stuffed animal to take to bed, etc.
- Consider playing soft, soothing music.
- Tuck your child into bed snugly for a feeling of security.