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HOW MUCH SLEEP DOES A CHILD NEED?

Culture of Sleep

The younger the child, the greater the need for sleep. Is it really that easy explained? Children have a very different need for sleep. Some people can use food well, others sleep. As an infant some children sleep 20, others only 11 hours a day. The average sleep requirement in the second year of life is 12 hours. That can vary plus or minus two hours.

Babies come into the world and first determine their own rhythm of life. Their sleeping patterns are distributed evenly throughout the day and night. They do not yet have any fixed sleeping or eating habits. Over time, the children adapt to the rhythm of their immediate environment, and with a few months, babies satisfy most of their sleep rhythm at night.

Bedtime

Many roads lead to Rome and many roads lead to sleep. What they all have in common is this: falling asleep requires the feeling of security and feeling comfy. If you signal to the child: Here you can feel comfortable, it will be able to relax and find sleep. First of all in the first lifetime, the child gets this security through close contact with the caregivers. Some take longer, some less long. With time you can give the child this safety and comfort also with the help of other things, for example, a cozy sleeping place, a cuddly toy, a night light or music.          

The proximity of the parents was and is, considering the history of mankind and the animal world, necessary for the child and with the time and with growing abilities the children were and are used for independence.