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July 28, 2008
Rockabye babies

My teen son has absolutely no problem extending a long night's sleep well into the next day.

That is, until the rude awakening of a new school year.

But infants and younger children need plenty of sleep, too. And the National Sleep Foundation is jumping on the snooze patrol. The Washington, D.C.-based group has been studying sleep patterns of small kids and realized that, while most adults need nine to seven hours of blissful rest, infants need even more.

That's why foundation has launched the "My Baby Loves Sleep Gallery," on its Web site. There, parents and grandparents can share photos of their sleeping wee ones.

Remember: The goal is not to be clicking away and waking the baby. That defeats the whole purpose!

But slumbering babies are sweet.

So, if you have a pic you want to share you can post it by clicking here.

The rules: Submit a color digital image with a maximum file size of 150K, an image size of up to 600 pixels and a resolution of at least 71 dpi. Photos will remain on the Web site for six weeks and will be accepted until Sept. 1. You can even get e-cards online.

If you're curious about the recommended number of hours of sleep children at a certain age need, here they are:

* Newborns (1-2 months): 10.5 to 18 hours
* Infants (3-11 months): 14 to 15 hours
* Toddlers/older kids
12-18 months: 13 to 15 hours
18 months-3 years: 12 to 14 hours
3-5 years: 11 to 13 hours

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