Your preschooler needs roughly 10 to 13 hours of sleep each day, that includes taking naps. A good way to achieve this is by setting regular bedtimes, wake-up times, and nap times for your child. But what if your child no longer takes naps? Try scheduling some quiet time during the day.
Do Preschoolers Still Need a Nap?
For many preschoolers they might get all their sleep at night and actually give up their afternoon naps. If your preschoolers still needs to nap, then be sure to set a regular time and have a consistent nap time routine. Most will sleep for about an hour.
Signs that you child may need to nap:
- Not getting enough sleep at night
- Rubbing their eyes or looking tired
- Cranky, whiny, or moody
If your preschooler is very active and not taking naps then you might need to schedule some time during the day to slow down and have some quiet time for relaxing.
How Can I Help My Preschooler Sleep?
Having a regular bedtime routine and a quiet, comfortable bedroom can help your child gets a good nights rest. Having a relaxing routine like going to the bathroom, changing into pajamas, brushing teeth, and reading a book can be very beneficial. Also be sure to turn off all screens at least 1 hour before bedtime and keep TVs, computers, tablets, phones, and video games out of the bedroom.
You will want to make the bedroom a quiet and restful area. Let your child choose a special toy or blanket to sleep with. Turn on a nightlight if your child is afraid of the dark. Do not lie with your child until they fall asleep or let your child fall asleep somewhere other than their own bed. This can make it hard for kids to fall asleep on their own.
Make sure your child gets plenty of exercise during the day. This can help kids sleep better.
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