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Barack Levin

Author: Barack Levin


Posted by Barack Levin on October 5th, 2009

Before my kids were born, everyone warned me that I would face the problem of having them go to sleep. Kids do not like to sleep. This was the major complain I heard from other parents. Most parents I know have terrible problems with their kids going to sleep, staying asleep or waking up in the middle of the night sneaking into the parents’ bed. I always believed that this is nonsense. There is no such thing as kids do not like to sleep. It is part of the their body physics. Give some physical activity and some structure and they will fall asleep on their own for the whole night within 3 months of their birth date. And indeed when my kids were born, I started exercising this routine and found out that it is actually true. Kids love to sleep and except for occasional nose bleeds (with my little girl) and nightmares (my son), the whole family sleeps very well every night.

I did find however something interesting. My little girl is less tired than her brother, she requires less time to sleep. At the beginning, when she was still a baby, she would take 45 minute naps. We fought over it trying to keep in her bed longer and longer because it did not make any sense to us. When we discovered that she was constipated and that interrupted her sleep we took care of the problem and her napping grew longer to more than 2 hours at a time. Night was of course never a problem with her. But still, to this day, she requires less sleep than her brother. She was ready to give up her nap times when she was already 3. She felt she did not need them anymore. We felt differently and let her still keep her napping habits. It did not affect her night sleep at all.

So while I do changes between kids that one might like to sleep more than the other (my son still likes to nap on weekends and occasionally on weekdays after school), still, kids love to sleep and need as much sleep as possible. If I feel that my kids are too energetic in the afternoon after a good afternoon nap, we go ahead and do the obvious. We go for a walk, bike ride, roller blading, running or just goofing around to release some energy.

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