A healthy sleep routine is crucial for kids of all ages because it supports their growth, development, and overall well-being. The amount of sleep they need varies depending on their age, and this brief guide will help you determine how much time they should spend in bed.
Newborns (0–3 months)
Newborns are still in the early stages of development, and experts recommend they should sleep for 14-17 hours, divided into 2-4 hours sleep intervals and shorter naps.
Infants (4–12 months)
As your newborn gets older, they’ll be ready for typical nighttime sleep that could last between 10-12 hours, with a few shorter naps throughout the day, lasting anywhere between 1-3 hours.
Toddlers (1–2 years)
Your kid will have similar habits as an infant and as a newborn, but the main difference is that their nighttime sleep will get longer while the daily naps will start getting shorter, reaching a daily average of 11–14 hours of sleep.
Preschool (3–5 years)
Once your baby reaches preschool age, daily naps will become less frequent, and they’ll spend most time sleeping at nighttime, typically between 10–13 hours.
School-Age (6–13 Years)
School-age children are less prone to napping, and they rely on nighttime sleep for their rest, sleeping anywhere between 9–12 hours.
Teens (14–17 years)
Teenagers should aim for 8-10 hours of sleep per night, but insufficient sleep is very common at this age, so you should find tools to help them establish healthy sleep habits.