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How much sleep do your children really need?

While calming bedtime routines are important, establishing good sleep habits in children starts long before lights out 

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Mum Kellie Kearney pictured holding 5 week old Danny as she reads a bedtime story to 5 of her six children at their home in Tallaght. In the picture are , Kadie [6],Kasey [2],Kenzie[5], and Frankie [7] .Picture Credit:Frank McGrath

Mum Kellie Kearney pictured holding 5 week old Danny as she reads a bedtime story to 5 of her six children at their home in Tallaght. In the picture are , Kadie [6],Kasey [2],Kenzie[5], and Frankie [7] .Picture Credit:Frank McGrath

Kellie Kearney’s children, Kadie [6],Kasey [2],Kenzie[5], and Frankie [7] pictured getting ready for a bedtime story at their home in Tallaght .Picture Credit:Frank McGrath

Kellie Kearney’s children, Kadie [6],Kasey [2],Kenzie[5], and Frankie [7] pictured getting ready for a bedtime story at their home in Tallaght .Picture Credit:Frank McGrath

Children need different amounts of sleep at various ages. Picture posed

Children need different amounts of sleep at various ages. Picture posed

Kadie (6), Kasey (2), Frankie (7) and Kenzie (5), get ready for bed. Photo: Frank McGrath

Kadie (6), Kasey (2), Frankie (7) and Kenzie (5), get ready for bed. Photo: Frank McGrath

Mum of six Kellie Kearney holds five-week-old Danny as she reads a bedtime story to Kadie (6), Kasey (2), Kenzie (5), and Frankie (7). Photo: Frank McGrath

Mum of six Kellie Kearney holds five-week-old Danny as she reads a bedtime story to Kadie (6), Kasey (2), Kenzie (5), and Frankie (7). Photo: Frank McGrath

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Mum Kellie Kearney pictured holding 5 week old Danny as she reads a bedtime story to 5 of her six children at their home in Tallaght. In the picture are , Kadie [6],Kasey [2],Kenzie[5], and Frankie [7] .Picture Credit:Frank McGrath

Ask any parent of young children about the subject of sleep in their household, and the chances are they will have a bleary-eyed tale to tell.

Obviously, sleep and establishing routines is a huge part of having a newborn, but havoc can be wreaked when toddlers and older children have sleep issues, such as not wanting to go to bed and waking during the night,


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