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Sleeping Guidelines For Kids Ages 4-6


For some parents, getting their little ones to fall asleep can be a tricky process. This is especially true for the kids from ages 4 to 6 years old. This age range is a prime time in your child's development, whether it's starting school to learning to read to adapting a bedtime routine. Here are your sleeping guidelines for kids ages 4-6:


By the time your little one reaches age four, he or she might ditch naptime during the day, but that's not always the case. If it is, however, make sure to plan bedtime accordingly. Your kid will next an extra hour of sleep at night while he or she adjusts. According to WebMd, children from the ages 3 to 6 should get anywhere from 10 to 12 hours of sleep of day. Age 5 is usually a good time to wean your little one off naps. As a result, your kid should be heading to bed anywhere between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Why it's important

You may find yourself wondering if a bedtime routine truly makes a difference. And the truth is it does. If your child doesn't get enough sleep, it can result in the following:

  • Morning and all-day fatigue.
  • Temper tantrums.
  • Night walking.
  • Difficulty concentrating.
  • Defiant behavior.
  • Increased appetite.
  • Overly emotional.

As you can see, getting a good night of sleep is vital for your little one. Lack of sleep can lead to health complications down the road like an increased risk of obesity, diabetes and hyperactivity, according to The Sleep Lady.

The routine

Establishing a bedtime routine and sticking to it can be incredibly helpful when it comes to getting your child to go to sleep each night. Here are some helpful tips:

  • Limit distractions: Watching a movie before bed might make you fall fast asleep, but television (and other electronic screens) can actually make it more difficult for your child to get to bed. Be sure to monitor his or her entertainment consumption before bed.
  • Get physical: Is your kid having a hard time falling asleep? Think about what he or she did that day. Did your little one get outside to the park or play with friends? Melatonin from the sunlight can help control your little one's sleep cycle. So if your child isn't sleeping, get him or her outside!
  • Look for cues: Know when your child is getting tired. He or she might get talkative or moody. Look for the signs to know when is the best time for your little one to head to bed for the evening.
  • Make it fun: Most children hear the word "bedtime" and instantly grunt. Make sure you don't associate any negativity with sleeptime. Get your little one excited to get ready for bed, whether it's teeth brushing, picking out pajamas or reading a book. The more you establish a positive routine, the less cranky he or she will be when it's time to get some shuteye.

If your child's sleep issues persist, you may want to speak to your primary pediatrician to see if it's a part of a bigger issue.

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