Infants and young children need 10 to 12 hours of sleep daily in order to
support healthy development. Parents also need to feel rested in order to
be nurturing and responsive to their growing and active young children.
When your child does not get enough sleep, challenging behaviors are likely to
occur. Your child might be moody, short-tempered and unable to engage well in
interactions with others. Lack of sleep can also have a negative impact on your
child’s ability to learn. When a young child sleeps, her body is busy developing new
brain cells that she needs for her physical, mental and emotional development. Babies and young
children thrive on predictability and learn from repetition. It is important to establish a bedtime
routine that you and your child both understand and helps everyone to feel calm and relaxed.
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