Know Your Child’s Sleep Requirements

September 10, 2010

Children at different stages need different amounts of sleep. Maintaining a consistent sleep routine and making the bedroom a comfortable, quiet area to sleep will help children get the proper amount of sleep they require. Avoid televisions and computers in the bedroom for a healthy sleep environment.

NEWBORNS

(1-2 months)
May sleep from 10-18 hours per day.

INFANTS

(3-11 months)
Sleep 9-12 hours during the night, and may take 1-4 naps of 30 minutes or more each day.

TODDLERS

(1-3 years)
Need 12-14 hours of sleep per day.

PRESCHOOLERS

Typically sleep 11-13 hours per day.

SCHOOL AGED CHILDREN

(5-12 years)
Need 10-11 hours of sleep.