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How much sleep do babies and toddlers need?


Making sure your child gets enough sleep is typically a high priority for new parents. Here are general guidelines on how many hours of sleep the average baby and toddler require at various ages, but keep in mind that every child is different – some need more sleep than others. Also, be prepared for your little one’s sleep patterns to fluctuate quite a bit as she develops and reaches new milestones.

How many hours of sleep does my baby or toddler need?

Age: Newborn
Nighttime: 8 1/2
Daytime: 8 1/2 (varied number of naps)
Average Total Sleep: 17

Age: 1 month
Nighttime: 9
Daytime: 8 (varied number of naps)
Average Total Sleep: 17

Age: 3 months
Nighttime: 10
Daytime Sleep: 6 (three naps)
Average Total Sleep: 16

Age: 6 months
Nighttime: 10
Daytime: 5 (two or three naps)
Average Total Sleep: 15

Age: 9 months
Nighttime: 11
Daytime: 3 1/2 (two naps)
Average Total Sleep: 14 1/2

Age: 12 months
Nighttime: 11
Daytime: 3 (two naps)
Average Total Sleep: 14

Age: 18 months
Nighttime: 11
Daytime: 2 1/2 (one nap)
Average Total Sleep: 13 1/2


You also can read: Your 5-year-old: Getting enough sleep and What you need to know about sleep regressions