This tip sheet gives guidelines for safety for cribs, bassinets, and play yards. This is helpful for any provider who is purchasing new cribs or play yards for their family child care home and could also be a helpful resource to share with parents. Kids in Danger (KID), the organization who created this resource, also has other resources related to product safety, including recalls.
The amount of sleep young children need varies. An infant typically needs 16 to 20 hours of sleep per day. It is normal for a newborn to wake up every two or three hours to be fed. At around four months babies begin to need less sleep, 10 to 12 hours at night and nap 2 to 3 hours mid-day. Infant sleep patterns are usually related to their feeding schedules and become consistent as long as parents and caregivers are mindful to keep the schedule consistent. Preschool age (2-5 years) children tend to nap between 2-3 hours but begin to need less time as they move toward their 5th birthday.