There are few things more challenging to a parent than a fussy, tired child. Because children are constantly growing, they need much more than the standard 8 hours of sleep that adults require. There are obvious signs to tell if your child isn’t getting enough sleep, but many children will act like they’re not tired to avoid bedtime. By educating yourself on just how much sleep your child needs, you can avoid the consequences of sleep deprivation.
Newborn to 3 months
Newborn babies usually only sleep two or four hours at a time. With that said, they will typically sleep many times throughout the day, which should add up to 14 to 17 hours total. When a baby is this young, their sleep patterns (at least what little they have of a pattern) is linked to the daylight and nighttime cycles.
Infants to 11 months
As babies continue to grow, they still need around 12 to 15 hours of sleep a day. By the time babies have reached six years of age, they will start to establish more regular sleep patterns, which is great news for parents! At six months old, when babies start sleeping through the night more, they will drop from three naps to two.
Toddlers to 2 years
By this time, most children are down to one nap a day. It is ideal for kids this age to get a total of 11 to 14 hours of sleep, with a bedtime between 7pm and 9pm, depending on their morning wakeup time.
Preschoolers to 5 years
It is during this age range that children typically stop napping altogether. If children are still napping at age 5, their naps are usually shorter than they used to be. In total, children of this age should get 10 to 13 hours of sleep each day.
School-aged children to 13 years
By the time children are in school, their sleep schedules are usually much more rigid and reduced to 9 to 11 hours a day. Because their days are filled with many more activities, children may be going to sleep later, so it’s very important to focus on getting the recommend amount of sleep.
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