Amount of Sleep your Child Needs

Amount of Sleep your Child Needs

Amount of sleep: How much sleep does your little one need? At 0-3 months your baby is sleeping most of the day (maybe less so at night in some cases unfortunately!): 16-18h/day. At 3-6 months they need a few hours less at 14-16h/day. At 6-12 months it’s only 14h. And then 12-18 months 11-14h/day. How long should you expect your baby to be awake between naps during the day? These are called “wake- windows”, something I never heard about during my medical school training. At 0-3 months wake windows are short at only 45-90 minutes, which is mostly taken up by feeding and changing. At 3-6 months they become a bit longer at 90-120 minutes (a bit more time to play between naps). At 6-9 months they become even longer 2-3 hours. And then 9-12 months 2.5-4 hours. And finally 12-18 months 3-4 hours. Start looking for drowsy signs at the early end of a wake window to determine the best time to put your baby down to nap (see yesterday’s post for a list of drowsy signs).

Photocred for the adorable sleeping baby: google images

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