How much sleep children need, by age

The guidelines from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine suggest the following amounts of sleep for good health: 

  • Infants 4 months to 12 months: 12 to 16 hours per 24 hours, including naps.

  • Children 1 to 2 years: 11 to 14 hours per 24 hours, including naps.

  • Children 3 to 5 years: 10 to 13 hours per 24 hours, including naps.

  • Children 6 to 12 years: 9 to 12 hours per 24 hours.

  • Teens 13 to 18 years: 8 to 10 hours per 24 hours.

 supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics

Playing with food may help preschoolers become less picky eaters

Dear Mum,

Did you know that playing with food may help your toddlers become less picky eaters.

Let your kids play with food, it gets messy and you end up having loads of cleaning up to do... But you are minimising the chances of having a fussy eater at home.

Say yes to Messy Play!