New research shows that toddlers should actually stay in a cot until they turn at least three years old.
Little ones who remain sleeping in cots until the age of three tend to have better sleeping patterns, according to a study reported in the journal Sleep Medicine.
And importantly, parents who opt to keep their children in a crib for around 36 months will also benefit from more sleep themselves!
The research examined the sleeping patterns of care-givers in five countries (UK, Australia, the USA, Canada and New Zealand) – as well as those of their children.
It found that making the transition from cot to bed later in a child’s life can have a positive impact on their sleep – which can help avoid some of the behaviour typical of toddlers when they’re tired, shares The Mirror.
Lead study author Ariel Williamson, of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, told Reuters Health: “Research during the last decade has shown how important healthy sleep is across the lifespan, but especially during childhood.”
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