How much should your child be sleeping?

I get asked a lot about how much a baby needs to sleep or when a toddler is ready to switch to one nap a day or drop the nap entirely. Each child is different and has his or her own unique sleep needs but there is definitely an average and most kids don’t stray too far from what’s typical for their ages. Here’s a useful chart to see what the average sleep needs are for young kids. Take a look and see how it compares to what you're doing at home. If your child falls somewhere in the average, that’s great. If not, and he seems tired and cranky, it might be time to work towards better sleep skills, as a family. As always, wishing us all a good nights sleep!

Average Sleep Needs by Age:

Age Nighttime Sleep Daytime Sleep Total Sleep Range

0-3 months 8 1/2 hours. 7 hours 14-17 hours

4-11 months 11 hours 3 1/4 hours. 12-15 hours

12-18 months 11 hours 2 hours 12-14 hours

1 year 11 hours 1 1/2-2 hours 12-14 hours

2 years 11 hours 1 1/2 hours 12-14 hours

3 years 10 1/2 hours 1 1/2 hours 11-13 hours

4 years 11 1/2 hours Quiet Time 11-13 hours

5 years 11 hours Quiet Time 10-11 hours

6 years. 10 3/4 hours Quiet Time 10-11 hours

A Wakeful Window is the amount of time a child can stay awake before needing to sleep again. You'll see that infants need to nap quite frequently and that as a child gets older, he should be able to stay awake and alert for longer periods of time.

Average Windows of Wakefulness (QT= quiet time):

0-5 mths 6-8 mths 9-12 mths 12-28 mths 2-4 yrs

WW 1-2 hrs 1.5-3 hrs 2-4 hrs 4-6 hrs 6-12 hrs

# of naps 4-5/day 3/day 2/day 1-2/day 1 or QT

Total day sleep Varies. 3.5 hrs 2.5-3 hrs 2.25-2.5 hrs 0-2 hrs

Chart courtesy of Sleep Lady Solutions, LLC, All Rights Reserved