Ever wonder how much sleep your child really needs to be well-rested? Most children, under the age of 6, require between 10-12 hours of sleep each night. In addition, most children will not be ready to drop their nap until they are between the ages of 3 and 4. However, some 5 year olds may still need an occasional nap! Below are some general guidelines as to how many hours of sleep the average child requires based on their age. You might find your child may need a little bit more or may be ok with a little bit less sleep.
|Age||Night Sleep||Day Sleep||Total Sleep|
|0-5 months||8 1/2 hours||7 hours||15 1/2 hours|
|6-8 months||11 hours||3 1/4 hours||14 1/2 hours|
|9-11 months||11 hours||3 hours||14 hours|
|12-18 months||11 1/4 hours||2 1/2 hours||13 1/2 hours|
|2 years||11 hours||2 hours||13 hours|
|3 years||10 1/2 hours||1 1/2 hours||12 hours|
|4 years||11 1/2 hours||Quiet Time||11 1/2 hours|
|5 years||11 hours||Quiet Time||11 hours|
|6 years||10 3/4 hours||Quiet Time||10 3/4 hours|
Not sure your child is getting enough sleep? If you answer ‘Yes’ to any of the following questions, it’s very likely that your child is not getting enough sleep.
- Does your child fall asleep almost every time he/she is in the car?
- Do you have to wake your child almost every morning?
- Does your child seem cranky, irritable or overtired during the day?
- Does your child have a hard time making it to his usual bedtime or do they have a hard time settling down at bedtime?
- Does your child often wake for the day before 6:00 am? Click here to learn about the causes of early rising!
- Is your child waking up several times during the night?
Contact me today to schedule a FREE 15 minute phone consultation to learn how I can help your child get the rest they need!
Adapted from Kim West, LCSW-C, LLC, The Sleep Lady ®