14Oct

Sleep Requirements in Young Children

Sleep Needs by Age

 

Age of Child

Night time Sleep (hours)

Day time Sleep (hours)

Total Sleep (hours)

0-2 months

8-9

7-9 (3-5 naps)

17-20

2-6 months

9-10

4-5 (3-4 naps)

14-16

6-12 months

10-12

3-4 (2 naps)

14

12-24 months

11-12

2-3 (1 -2 naps)

13-14

2-3 years

11-13

1-2 (1 nap)

12-14

3-5 years

11-13

0-1

11-13

 

 

Signs that your child may not be getting enough sleep:

  • Behavior- irritable, fussy, wound up, poor attention, needy
  • Awakens in morning or from naps tired or cranky
  • Falls asleep in car, stroller, highchair etc, when not naptime or bedtime
  • Trouble falling asleep at bedtime and/or  trouble with nighttime wakings

Simple steps to take to improve sleep:

  • Make sleep a priority
  • Create a regular schedule and stick with it as much as possible
  • Establish a routine for bedtime and naptime.  The child will become conditioned to this routine which will serve as a cue to the child that it is time to sleep. 
  • Put child to bed or down for naps at appropriate time for their age to sync with their circadian rhythms
  • Teach children how to put themselves back to sleep if they awaken in the middle of the night or early from naps
  • Be consistent on your expectations and how you handle disruptions, stalling tactics and developmental milestones
  • Be consistent with sleep environment

 

 

 

 

Questions? Concerns? Comments?  Please contact me!

 

 

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