How much sleep does your baby need

As a new parent, you’re bound to wonder if your baby is getting enough sleep.

How much sleep each individual baby needs will vary slightly. Bellow guide will give you a general idea about sleep requirements of infants, babies and toddlers.

In the early weeks and months babies sleep schedules are completely different from ours and their sleep patterns are generally unpredictable. Newborn babies sleep between 16 and 18 hours out of every 24 hours and this is divided equally between day and night. They sleep in short bouts ranging anywhere from 30 min to 4 hours.

1 month
By the time your baby is one month old, he or she will sleep on average 16 hours in a 24h period. Their daytime sleep will be around 6-7 hours divided between 3 to 5 naps per day, and their nighttime sleep will total around 8-9 hours.

3 months
By 3 months baby’s daytime sleep will have decreased significantly to 4-5 hours per day divided into 3 or sometimes 4 naps. Their nightime sleep will be around 10-11h per night.

6 months
A 6 month old baby will normally be settled into a 3 naps per day routine and sleep around 3 hours during the day and 11 hours at night.

9 months / 12 months
By 9 months your baby should be getting around 2.5-3h of daytime sleep divided into two naps and around 11h of nigh time sleep.

18 months
At 18 months toddlers will have one nap per day averaging around 2h and around 11-12 hours of nigh time sleep.

2 years
By two years most toddlers will have a shorter nap of around 1.5h each day and around 11-12h of nigh time sleep.

It’s important to remember that every baby is different, and your little one may need more or less sleep than suggested above. Majority of babies however have similar sleep needs, so if your baby is not getting close to the amount of sleep appropriate for his age, he might be chronically overtired and this will affect the quality and quantity of his daytime sleep and naps.


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