Parents always want to know how much sleep their baby needs, as getting your baby to sleep through the night is a top priority. After all, a well-rested baby is a happy baby (and a happy parent)!
However, remember there's no 'magic number' for sleeping hours, as each child is different. But we can give you some general guidelines to follow as a starting point. Keep in mind that it's also important to pay attention to your baby's cues and make necessary adjustments based on their individual needs. So whether your little one is snoozing for long hours a day, just know that you're doing a great job!
Here's a breakdown of how many hours of sleep babies require at each stage.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, newborns (0-3 months) should sleep between 14-17 hours per day. That means you can expect your baby to wake up every 2-3 hours to eat. However, don't be discouraged if your baby isn't sleeping through the night just yet. It takes most babies a few months to adjust to a regular sleep schedule.
As your baby grows, their sleep needs will change. For example, infants (4-11 months) need between 12-15 hours of sleep daily. This includes naps during the day as well as nighttime sleep. At this age, most babies need about 3 naps lasting 30 minutes to 2 hours each per day.
Toddlers 1-2 years old should get between 11 and 14 hours of sleep total each day. This includes both nighttime sleep and daytime naps. Most toddlers of this age still take 1 or 2 naps lasting ½ to 1½ hours each per day. Once your child hits school age, they'll need between 10 and 11 hours of sleep each night.
Getting enough sleep is crucial for babies, since their brains and bodies are growing so rapidly. Most babies need between 14 and 17 hours of sleep per day, although this may vary depending on their age and development stage.
Regardless of your child's age, it's essential to create a bedtime routine and stick to it as best you can. A consistent bedtime makes it easier for your child—and you!—to get the rest you need. Try to avoid letting your child "catch up" on sleep on weekends; this can make it harder for them to adjust to a regular sleep schedule during the week. If you have any concerns about your child's sleeping habits, don't hesitate to reach out to your pediatrician for guidance.
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