A new study has found that the perfect bedtime for toddlers is 8pm, and that this can be beneficial for their health in the long run.
Have you wondered what the best time is to put your little one to bed? We have the answer and it’s supported by science. From a study published in the Journal of Pediatrics, earlier bedtimes can protect kids against obesity.
How the study came to its conclusion
Researchers observed 977 children between the ages of four and four and a half. The children who went to bed at 8pm were less likely to be obese at the age of 15. Researchers found that only 10% of children who went to bed at 8pm or earlier were obese. 16% of kids whose bedtime was between 8pm and 9pm were obese. The most shocking statistic is that 23% of kids who went to bed at 9pm or later were also obese.
How much sleep does my toddler need?
7 signs it’s time to put your toddler to bed:
- Your toddler whines about silly things, like the fact that they haven’t coloured in his picture or he’s not wearing the right pyjamas.
- When you tell your tot it’s almost time for bedtime, he throws a tantrum.
- He’s fallen or hurt himself at least twice in the last 10 minutes.
- He’s substituting words with grunting noises.
- A simple task, like brushing his teeth, takes 15 minutes longer than it should.
- He is irritable.
- Your tot becomes illogical.
Xanet is an award-winning journalist and Living and Loving’s digital editor. She has won numerous awards for her health and wellness articles and was a finalist for the Discovery Journalist of the Year in 2009 and again in 2011 for the Discovery Best Health Consumer Reporting and Feature Writing category. She is responsible for our online presence across social media channels and makes sure our moms have fresh and interesting articles to read every day. Learn more about Xanet Scheepers.