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Your Baby's Sleep At-a-Glance: Average Sleep Needs by Age

Babies need a lot of sleep! But, just how much you ask?

While newborn babies sleep almost the entire day, they go through many changes in the first few years and will need a variable number of hours of sleep every day.

Getting enough sleep is important for your baby's health, development, mood, and behavior. Although some babies are happy despite being sleep-deprived, many babies are irritable not to mention you, their parents! Most babies can sleep through the night by 6 months of age, but not all do.

Check the chart of realistic sleep expectations below, based on recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) as well as 10+ years of experience, to see if your baby is getting enough sleep.

Newborns

9-10 hours nighttime sleep and 5-6 hours during the day broken into many fragments

4 Months

11-12 hours at night and 3-4 hours in 3-4 naps

5 Months

11-12 hours at night and 3-3.5 hours in 3, sometimes 4, naps

6 Months

11-12 hours nighttime sleep and 2-3 hours in 2-3 naps

7 Months

11-12 hours at night and 2-3 hours in 2-3 naps

8 Months

11-12 hours at night and 2-3 hours in 2, sometimes 3, naps

9 Months

11-12 hours at night and 2-3 hours in 2 naps

10 Months

11-12 hours at night and 2-3 hours in 2 naps

11 Months

10-12 hours at night and 2-3 hours in 2 naps

12 Months

10-12 hours at night and 2-3 hours in 2 naps

Toddlers

10-12 hours at night and 2-3 hours in 1-2 naps, depending on age

Preschoolers (3-5 years)

9-10 hours of sleep in 0-1 nap


On the other hand when offering enough time for children's sleeping , parent may also care about how to ensure their baby to have a good sleep .

A sleeping sack / pajama with rational design and comfortable material will help a lot .


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