Monday, February 15, 2010
To Nap or Not to Nap?
I wanted to share this chart that I have referred to for years whenever I wonder what doctors recommend for nap/sleep amounts in children. I have had several issues with my kids' daycare because my daughter abhors naptime there. They have 2 hours of naptime each day and every child has to lie down for those 2 hours. I understand the workers deserve breaks, but as a parent, I don't want my child to be forced to do something I don't believe in... anyway, here is the chart I refer to. Are you surprised by any of the amounts? Do you agree/disagree?
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11 hours of sleep for a 5 year old?! Dude, I have a child in class that fall asleep a lot and when I mentioned it to the mom, she said she could never get to him to bed before 9pm, he just would not fall asleep. 9pm is like when *I* go to bed... that's like 8 or 9 hours of sleep that he's getting. And he's supposed to get 11 hours, and no nap.ReplyDelete
I may need to show this chart to the parents.
Oh and yeah if your child is not a napper, I wouldn't force them. Maybe a little bit of quiet time, let's lay our head down and relax if she'll go for it, but not 2 hours of "you stay in your room and sleep damnit". Then again, I'm not a parent. When I am one, who knows what'll happen. "Go away, it's mommy's naptime!!"
That's why I shared the chart, because I don't think most parents have a clue how much sleep their child should be getting. I can't seem to get my 4 year old to sleep for 11.5 hours a day, though, no matter how early I send her to bed. She wakes up at the crack of dawn.
When I had one kid naptime wasn't all that important, but once I had two, mommy needed a break to get hammered, lmao, j/k!