How To Help Your Child Get Enough Sleep

From infants and toddlers to school-aged kids and teens, it’s important to make sure your kids are getting the sleep they need to grow, learn and play.

Of course, we all know that life and nature can interfere with getting plenty of rest and knock us off track – cue the after-school activities, homework, studying, Daylight Saving Time and the COVID-19 pandemic, to name a few.

This combination of all these events can certainly alter our sleep schedules. But it doesn’t have to. Check out these tips, tricks and resources for getting the right amount of zzz’s, no matter your child’s age (and maybe a good refresher for you, too!).

Gina McDowell

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How Insufficient Sleep Can Be Harmful

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Free Downloads to Help Your Child Sleep

On Our Sleeves Bedtime Pass

Bedtime Pass

Use this bedtime pass as a good option for children over age 3 who keep “curtain calling” (leaving room for another hug, to get a drink, to get a snack, to use the bathroom, etc.) to help them stay in bed.

On Our Sleeves I Stayed in Bed Chart

I Stayed in Bed Chart!

Download this sample sticker chart with a goal of “In stayed in my bed all night long.” In the morning, give a sticker. They can then earn a small reward if they get two stickers in one week. Over time, you can make it harder: three stickers in a week, four, etc. You want to start small so they feel successful and motivated!

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