Sleep Guidelines for Children

sleep guidelines for children

Our children’s sleep experts recommend the following sleep guidelines for children with the amount of sleep they need at each stage of their development.

  • Newborns (0-2 months)
    Sleep 11-18 hours through the day and night with no pattern.
  • Infants (2-12 months)
    Sleep 9-12 hours at night and nap for 2-5 hours.
  • By 6 months of age, most babies are capable of sleeping through the night.*
  • Toddlers (1-3 years)
    Sleep 11-13 hours with 1.5-3 hours spent in 1-2 naps.
  • Pre-Schoolers (3-5 years)
    Sleep 11-13 hours. Usually napping has stopped.
  • School- Age (6-12 years)
    Usually need 10-11 hours but often don’t get this.
  • Adolescents (13-18 years)
    Usually need 9-9.5 hours. Sleep deprivation is notorious in this age group. Most teenagers only get 7 hours of sleep.

*This particular recommendation is based on guidelines provided
by Jodi Mindell, PhD, of Children’s Hospital Philadelphia and
Judith Owens, MD, of Brown University.

Call our office at 847-674-3600 to set up an appointment for your child.

See FAQ on Sleep Studies for Children for more information about that process.

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