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The CDC recommends at least 60 minutes of activity a day for all children. Keep caffeine away. Soda, energy drinks, and coffee beverages can keep kids from falling or staying asleep -- even if they drink them hours before bedtime. Watch out for chocolate before bed, too -- it also has caffeine. Check their bedroom. Like adults, kids need cool, dark, and quiet spaces to sleep well. Make sure they aren't too hot or cold in bed, and that there are no lights or noises to keep them up. If your child is extra sensitive to noise, a fan or white noise machine may help.
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Know the signs of sleepiness. Watch for clues that your kids are well rested, Owens says. Do they wake up easily in the morning when they're supposed to, or do you have to drag them out of bed for school? Are they alert and in a good mood , or do they regularly doze off or act out? If they show these signs of sleepiness during the day, take a good look at their sleep schedule or talk to their doctor about what else you can do.
They may sleep from a few minutes to several hours at one time. Babies 4 to 11 months should start to sleep through the night, for 9 to 12 hours at a time.
They should also take naps throughout the day, ranging from 30 minutes to 2 hours. Toddlers 1 to 2 years need about 11 to 14 hours a day. Most of this should happen at night, but they should also take a nap or naps during the day.
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Children 3 to 5 should get 11 to 13 hours a night. Their naps should get shorter and happen less often. Most kids don't nap past age 5. Kids 6 to 13 need 9 to 11 hours of shuteye. Homework and electronic devices keep kids busy at this age, so it's important to set a sleep schedule and enforce a regular bedtime routine.
Teenagers 14 and up need 8 to 10 hours of sleep. Their circadian rhythms shift around the time they hit puberty, so they may find it hard to fall asleep as early as they used to. Continued Why Does Sleep Matter? What Can Parents Do? Teach your kids the importance of sleep by making it a priority in your house.
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Try these tips: Set a smart nap schedule. More More More Said the Baby by Vera Williams This book follows the life of three toddlers and has an easy-to-follow story and vibrant illustrations. It was selected as a Caldecott Honor Book. Seuss A Dr. Rabbit Moon by Jean Kim This rhyming story follows a rabbit from the moon who normally turns bedtime wishes into stars but one day completes his own wish by going to Earth to meet a host of new friends.
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In this title, the Magic School Bus takes off to explore the planets and solar system. Rey and Margret Rey Curious George is a treasured character from books for children. His adventures making mischief in various settings are funny and intriguing. This collection includes seven original volumes. Little Fox in the Snow by Jonathan London Children are easily drawn into this story and gorgeous drawings about a hungry fox who explores the snowy winter world around him while searching for food and avoiding danger. Fly Guy: Set of 11 Books by Tedd Arnold The Fly Guy series includes a wide range of titles and traces the tale of a boy and a fly and their comical interactions.
In the end, he succeeds, giving inspiration through this uplifting story and its crafty rhymes. Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue and Pamela Zagarenski A Caldecott Honor book, Sleep Like a Tiger has detailed paintings that delight young children who are easily engaged by the story of a little girl deciding that she is ready to go to sleep. The Arthur series, popular for over four decades, includes numerous books of his escapades with family and animal friends.
This box set includes six titles that teach important lessons and are perfect for young children who are still getting comfortable reading on their own.
Jack and the Beanstalk by Nina Crews Nina Crews reworks this famous tale with exciting and intriguing artwork and touches that make the story feel more current for parents and young children alike. For children who enjoy this title, there are numerous others in the Fred and Ted series.
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The Big Book of Berenstain Bears Stories by Stan and Jan Berenstain Follow this adorable family of bears and how they manage all types of challenges and common family situations. This book includes numerous stories that can provided bedtime reading for weeks or months. Horton Hears a Who! By Dr. Seuss The endearing elephant Horton is the protagonist in this Dr. Seuss story of his searching for the source of a strange noise.
Milne One of the most beloved characters of all time, Winnie the Pooh still touches the hearts of children today. Follow along and smile with the stories of Winnie, Piglet, and all of the other inhabitants of Hundred Acre Wood.
This book tells his story using vibrant illustrations styled like graffiti. Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll An all-time classic, this story follows the crazy tales of Alice and a wild cast of characters and is complemented by evocative illustrations. This book explores her childhood in Pakistan and her path to becoming a rights icon. Matilda by Roald Dahl Another winner from Roald Dahl, this book follows Matilda as she takes on and solves various problems using her logic and creativity.
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl Keep kids thinking outside the box with this famous story of James and a cast of insects who roll along inside a giant peach. It explores the process of how a young elephant learns to survive in the African savanna. Wishtree by Katherine Applegate and Charles Santoso An old oak wishtree plays a caring and crucial role in defending a new immigrant family that has moved into the neighborhood.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott Little Women is a story of four sisters and their relationships with each other and their mother. Written in the s but still popular today, this novel has delighted generations of young adults. Bronze and Sunflower by Cao Wenxuan and Meilo So, translated by Helen Wang This book is the story of Bronze and Sunflower who become friends after dealing with significant personal tragedy in s China.
It offers a different setting than most young adult books but one that is nonetheless relatable. This story is a rich exploration of fishing, family, and heritage within a Vietnamese American family. Heidi by Johanna Spyri Popular with children for well over a century, Heidi follows an orphan who is kidnapped and has to get back to the home of her disgruntled grandpa.
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Asteroids and the Science of Saving the World by Elizabeth Rusch and Karin Anderson Another hit for science-lovers, this book teaches about asteroids and introduces scientists who are involved in the research that helps to defend Earth from these potential hazards.
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