If you do let your child watch television try and limit it to 20 minutes and no television at least 2 hours before bedtime. Its important to remember that 3 year old children are at the most active part of their lives! Age appropriate activity is key to healthy sleep. Getting outside is also thought to help in the production of melatonin so the more outside activities the better.
The Canadian Paediatric Society recommends no television for children under the age of two. We don’t suggest any television for young children at all as their brains aren’t capable of following many television shows. Rapid screen transitions only serve to activate the brains natural orienting reflex (we are all programmed with this as it helps alert us of potential danger – this is why children appear so engaged). Help your older child get to sleep by turning off the TV at least two hours before bedtime.
Parenting with kindness but firmness is a great strategy to get your toddler to sleep. Sometime after two years of age (or earlier) children will try to miss their naps. Most children need to nap until the age or 4 or 5 (see our Sleep Tips). Stay consistent with their nap schedule and persevere with this. Researchers have found that lack of sleep in children pre-disposes them to health risks such as obesity and mood disorders. Some tired children were even misdiagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder! Get the right sleep consultant for your child's sleep help, call us today at 604.985.2991 or toll free at 877.985.2991.
Positive behavioural approaches are the best way to deal with bedtime resistance. Avoid power struggles. Empathise with them and redirect them into the desired bedtime activity such as reading stories after brushing teeth etc. Contact a SleepdreamsTM sleep consultant to learn more about sleep help for your child.
Most infants achieve this by 5 months. By ‘sleeping through’ this means they obtain 6 hours (or more) of sleep. Typically babies need to eat at other times during the night. There is no research to support that a baby of x weight or by 6 months should be sleeping 10 – 12 hours. The developmental goal at 5 months is 6 hours of sleep.