Posted by: Indonesian Children | August 17, 2009

How to Know How Much Sleep Your Child Should Be Getting

How to Know How Much Sleep Your Child Should Be Getting

Your childs naps aren’t just important for your sanity, they are also important for your child’s health and development. Every child is different, but there is a general range of how much sleep your child needs. I will outline it below for you.

  1. Step 1

    When your baby is just a newborn, they will sleep about 16 to 17 hours per day. A newborns sleep does not follow any particular pattern. You have to let nature take its course. Your baby will sleep when their tummy is full, and will probably only be awake for 1-2 hour stretches at a time.

  2. Step 2

    Between 2 and 12 months, your baby will sleep about 9-12 hours at night, and should be taking 2-4 naps lasting about 30 minutes to two hours during the day. Your baby will need less naps as they get older, but try to stick to a pattern for them, so they know when naptime is.

  3. Step 3

    Between 1 and 3 years, your child should be sleeping 12 to 13 hours at night, plus getting 1-2 naps ranging from 1-3 hours. Usually between 15 and 18 months, the transition to one nap begins, but always make sure they are early enough not to interfere with bedtime.

  4. Step 4

    Between 3 to 5 years, your child should be getting 9-12 hours of sleep at night, and getting one nap that lasts between 30 minutes, and 2 hours. Give your child the chance to nap each day, and if they don’t want to, just make it quiet time. By age 5, most kids ditch the nap all together. Every child is different.


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