Sleep requirements by age

Have you ever wondered how much sleep your baby or child needs in a 24-hour period?

Below is a guideline for the average requirements for naps and overnight sleep for 0-5 years:

Age Overnight Naps Total
Newborn to 2 months 8-9 hrs 7-9 hrs (3-5 Naps) 16-18 hrs
2-4 Months 9-10 hrs 4-5 hrs (3-5 Naps) 14-16 hrs
4-6 Months 10 hrs 4-5 hrs (3-4 Naps) 14-15 hrs
6-9 Months 10-11 hrs 3-4 hrs (2-3 Naps) 14 hrs
9-12 Months 10-12 hrs 2-3 hrs (2 Naps) 14 hrs
12-18 Months 11-12 hrs 2-3 hrs (2 Naps) 13-14 hrs
18 Months – 2 Years 11 hrs 2 hrs (1 Nap) 13-14 hrs
2-3 Years 10-11 hrs 1-2 hrs (1 Nap) 12-14 hrs
3-5 Years 10-13 hrs 0-1 hr (0-1 Nap) 11-13 hrs

NOTE: These are averages only. Every child is different, and should you have any concerns re your child’s individual requirements, please discuss with your healthcare provider

For premature babies, professionals recommend using the adjusted/corrected age for sleep requirements and routines up to the age of two.

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