How Much Sleep Do Babies Need?

Created: April 14, 2004. - Reviewed: January 29, 2017.

If your baby is often cranky, you're bound to wonder if she is getting enough sleep.  While all babies are different, there are guidelines as to how many hours of sleep is average for babies at various ages.

How Much Sleep Do Babies Need?
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Average sleep for age

 

Parents are often concerned about the amount of sleep their child is getting.  Many parents worry that their child not getting enough sleep, occasionally parents worry that their child is sleeping too much.

 

Parents concerns about the amount of time their child is sleeping are often dismissed with "some children need more sleep than others".  Although this is true, many children do not get the amount of sleep than they need and this can negatively affect their behavior resulting in irritability, whining, crying, and clingy behavior. Feeding patterns and behavior can also be adversely affected by lack of sleep.

 

As a parent you already know if your child is getting enough sleep by his/her behavior.  The chart provided here, which lists the average number of hours of sleep for children of different ages, is provided as a guide only and is likely to comfirm what you already suspect. 

 

 

 

AGE 

 

 

 

Total Hours of sleep in  24

hours

 

 

 

Approx hours of sleep

between night-time feedings

 

 

 

Number of day-time naps

 

 

Total hours of day-time sleep

Newborn

16 – 20

2 - 4

6

8

1 month

15 – 18

3 - 4

5

7

3 months

15

6 - 8

4

4 - 5

6 months

14 ½

8 - 12

3

4

9 months

14

10 - 12

2

3

12 months

13 ¾

10 - 12

2

18 months

13 ½

10 - 12

1 - 2

2 years

13

10 - 12

1

2

3 years

12

10 - 12

1

4-5 years

11 ½

10 - 12

 No nap

 

  

 

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