A better child sleep can be attained from a consistent bed time and routine to prepare for bed.
Up to the third or fourth year you should permit a child sleep for an hour or so before his dinner.
At the expiration of childhood period it may be gradually be discounted.
As you know that during the whole period of childhood more sleep is required than in adult age.
There can be no definite rule in reference to the number of hours of child sleep to be allowed for once.
The chief point to be noted is regularity in the time of going to rest.
Don’t permit anything to interfere with this schedule. Allow your child sleep without any disturbances, until he awakes on his own and he will have had sufficient rest.
The amount of child sleep necessary to preserve health varies according to the state of the body and the habits of the individuals. Infants pass two third of the time in a day in sleep.
Child sleeps for twelve or fourteen hours. The schoolboy sleeps generally for ten hours. In youth, they spent eight hours in a day for sleep. At the same time as in advanced age, many do not spend more than four, five, or six hours in sleep.
Due to evening parties, a little child is kept up for hours beyond the stated time for retiring to rest. The usual child sleep portion is thus shortened and when he awakens he become broken, unrefreshing, wearies and exhausted.
Once your baby awakens, don’t permit him to lie longer in bed, but should be encouraged to arise immediately. By doing this you can develop the habit of early rising. This prevents many serious evils to which parents are not sufficiently alive, promotes both mental and physical health and of all habits it is said to be the most helpful to long life.
Don’t arouse your child suddenly from sleep. It excites the brain, quickens the action of heart, and if often repeated, serious consequences would result. The change of sleeping to waking should always be gradual.
Allow your child sleep on a mattress. At this age a feather bed is always injurious to children. Their body sinks deep into the bed, is completely buried in feathers. Hence the unnatural degree of warmth thus produced relaxes and weakens the system, particularly the skin and make the child unusually disposed to the impressions of cold.
To avoid warmth in the bed, the bed-clothes should be thrown over the backs of chairs, the mattress shaken well up, and the window thrown open for several hours, so that the apartment shall be thoroughly ventilated.
Don’t allow the child to sleep with persons in bad health or who are far advanced in life. Make sure that whether your child getting enough exercise or not. This is vital for proper restful child sleep and good health in general.