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How Much Sleep Do Babies and Kids Need?

05/02/2018 12:00:00

Babies, children, and teens need significantly more sleep than adults to support their rapid mental and physical development. Most parents know that growing kids need good sleep, but many don't know just how many hours kids require, and what the impact can be of missing as little as 30 to 60 minutes of sleep time.

One of the reasons it's so hard to know when our kids are getting insufficient sleep is that drowsy children don't necessarily slow down the way we do—they wind up. In fact, sleepiness can look like symptoms of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Children often act as if they're not tired, resisting bedtime and becoming hyper as the evening goes on. All this can happen because the child is overtired.

There are some underlying psychiatric conditions, such as attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), that can cause sleep loss in children. Researchers and clinicians are also finding that sleep apnea—which most people tend to think of as an adult sleep disorder—is relatively common in children as well. A person who has sleep apnea wakes up many times every hour, very briefly, as they struggle to breathe. Most people do not know they are experiencing these events unless they are told or have a test to confirm sleep apnea. Children who snore may be at risk for or currently suffering from sleep apnea, which is why the American Academy of Pediatrics recently recommended that pediatricians ask about and screen for this sleep disorder in children at routine well visits.

If you suspect your child isn't sleeping enough, it's important to talk to your pediatrician. If there is an underlying sleep disorder or another medical condition at play, your doctor may refer you to a sleep specialist to discuss various treatments options. In many cases, though, sleep deprivation in children can be helped with changes to the environment and habits surrounding bedtime. Research shows that an early bedtime (between 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. works best for babies and kids through school age) and a consistent, soothing, wind-down routine with no screen time—such as TVs, tablets, and the like—will lead to better sleep.

While every child is slightly different in terms of how much sleep they need, most require the following to be fully rested:



May be appropriate

Not recommended


0-3 months


14 to 17 hours

11 to 13 hours

18 to 19 hours

Less than 11 hours

More than 19 hours


4-11 months


12 to 15 hours

10 to 11 hours

16 to 18 hours

Less than 10 hours

More than 18 hours


1-2 years


11 to 14 hours

9 to 10 hours

15 to 16 hours

Less than 9 hours

More than 16 hours


3-5 years


10 to 13 hours

8 to 9 hours

14 hours

Less than 8 hours

More than 14 hours

School-aged Children

6-13 years


9 to 11 hours

7 to 8 hours

12 hours

Less than 7 hours

More than 12 hours


14-17 years


8 to 10 hours

7 hours

11 hours

Less than 7 hours

More than 11 hours

Young Adults

18-25 years


7 to 9 hours

6 hours

10 to 11 hours

Less than 6 hours

More than 11 hours

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04/04/2018 12:00:00

Here are over 20 ideas for keeping the kids busy this Easter time, from sensory play to art activities, planting gardens to discovery eggs! Hopefully you will find something new to try.  Enjoy!

20 Spring activities and crafts for kids

Make a beautiful bird’s nest from wool/ yarn and glue!
Create a child’s garden space to play, plant and explore!
Grow cress seed heads and letters!
Grow some beans on cotton balls and watch as the roots and shoots develop quickly!
Make some Spring murals on the windows using simple foam sheets and water!
Use broccoli to print blossom trees!
Make a bunch of easy daffodils to cheer up any room!
Paint some flower pots!
Make a tissue mache Easter egg!
Create a discovery box for open-ended exploration, using plastic eggs!
Bake some delicious cupcakes in flower pots and decorate with fresh flowers!
Make some gorgeous spin art Easter eggs and use them to make cards or a garland!
Set up a garden centre or flower stall for pretend play with mud play dough!
Make a fresh batch of all natural play dough using herbs from the garden for aromatic, sensory play!
Have some super messy fun making some goop and flower cupcakes!
Create a flowers and fairies sensory tub!
Put together a garden flowers party to celebrate Spring!


Create a magical fairy garden for small world imaginative play outdoors!
Create gorgeous flower art work using fly swatters! Fabulous process-based painting.
Easter bunny treat cups!
Bunny treat cups for Easter!
Chick treat cups
Carrot play dough alternative Easter gifts
Carrot play dough easter gifts
Gorgeous bunny birthday party for kids
Homemade play dough surprise eggs for easter
How to make flower prints from okra
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7 fun st. patrick's day activities for families

03/05/2018 12:00:00
St. Patrick's Day isn't all about bustling pubs and green beer! Find some kid-friendly games, activities, and ways to spend March 17 with the ones you love — Irish or not.
St. Patrick's Day decorations
Play St. Paddy's Day Games
Assuming your kids aren't yet built for a traditional game of Irish football or rugby, try some of these games in honor of St. Patrick's Day! Play a game of hot potato or consider a "potato hunt" (think: Easter egg hunt but with small potatoes) or a "Pot o' Gold" treasure hunt (a search for gold chocolate coins or homemade "gold"). Or, try this simple green candy guessing game.
St. Patrick's Day parade
Go to a Parade
Check local event listings for a St. Patrick's Day parade in your area. Dress in your best green attire, and get ready to watch some cool bagpipers, Irish step dancers, and fire engines roll through. This coloring page will get kids excited for the occasion!
St. Patrick's Day craft materials
Make St. Patrick's Day Crafts
Stock up on green construction paper and craft supplies, and get creative with your little leprechauns. These 10 St. Patrick's Day crafts are adorable and make great party decorations or gifts for Irish grandparents.
Family heirlooms and old treasures
Research Your Family History
As the saying goes, everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day. But how many Americans are actually of Irish descent? According to the U.S. Census, about 34.5 million Americans, or about 11 percent of the population, claim to have Irish heritage. Whether or not your family can trace roots to the Emerald Isle, St. Patrick's Day is a great time to discover your name's origin and work on your family tree.
Irish movie, Waking Ned Devine
Enjoy Irish Movies and Music
Ireland has a rich cultural history all its own. Get your Irish eyes smiling by listening to music by Irish artists, such as U2, Enya, Van Morrison, or The Chieftains. Also, watch great movies set in Ireland — some family-friendly ones include The Secret of Roan Inish and Waking Ned Devine.
Irish soda bread
Eat Irish Foods and Green Treats
Popular Celtic cuisine includes potato dishessoda bread, and meaty stews and dinner pies. So there's plenty to choose from beyond not-so-kid-friendly corned beef and cabbage for your St. Patrick's Day party menu. Or simply dye some of your favorite treats, such as cupcakes and milkshakes, with green food coloring.
St. Patrick stained glass
Learn About the History of St. Patrick's Day
Finally, explore the meaning of St. Patrick's Day and test your family on some Irish trivia. Do you know why the shamrock is a symbol of St. Paddy's Day? (This printable on the history of the holiday might help!)
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