How Much Sleep Do Kids and Babies Need - Guide for Children 0-13 Years Old

May 15, 2018


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When asked about their “biggest” struggle in childcare, most parents will probably have a fast answer on hand—sleep! If you look at them closely, there is a possibility of dark circles around the eyes, maybe even redness from crying due to exhaustion, a pale skin color due to tiredness and loads more of other “symptoms” that you’ll associate with a lack of sleep. You begin to wonder if the “glow” of parenthood is real.


We, adults, know that we can get cranky because of a lack of sleep. Our appearance, our mental alertness and our disposition are highly affected because of sleep. Sleep is a way for our minds and bodies to recuperate from a long day’s work, we need it. But for babies, children and even teenagers, sleep is more than that. Sleep is vital because it supports their rapid mental and physical development. Children need more sleep than you do, whether they think so or not. It is your responsibility as a parent to help them get it.





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Sadly, most babies and children do not get sufficient sleep that their body requires them to have. Missing even half an hour of sleep can have an impact on them.


Below you'll find the recommended sleeping hours for children in each stage. The first thing that you have to know is that there is no “magical” number of hours of sleep. It varies from age to age and even kid to kid in the same age group. For example, 3-year-old Summer sleeps for about 12 hours a night, while Mark needs only about 10 hours to be alert and jolly the next day. However, use this as a guide and to find the perfect amount of sleep for your child. Then make a goal to help them get that much.


Newborns (0-3 months) - About 14 - 17 hours


This includes all daytime, sleeping in between feedings, and night-time sleep. Yes, newborn babies need that much sleep, and you should probably jump up and down for joy (if the amount attained) since this could also mean some rest time for you. This is an opportunity to get some tasks done, have some quality time with your partner and to just simply unwind from the excitement and activity after your bundle of joy arrived.



Note that your baby at this stage should not sleep less than 11 hours and no more than 19 hours. Usually, by six weeks, you will start seeing some regular sleeping patterns emerging as your baby begins to settle (fingers-crossed). Most likely this is because the day-night confusion will start to wear out. Closely observe your little one to spot their signs of sleepiness.


Infants (4-11 months) - About 12-15 hours of sleep


The “ideal sleep” is about 15 hours, but most infants at this stage will only get about 12 hours of sleep. At this age, babies should now be physically capable of sleeping through the night (less nighttime feedings!). Your baby’s biological rhythms should be established at this stage, especially after 6 months of age. At this point you should start creating a CONSISTENT sleeping time routine if you haven’t already.



Toddlers (1 to 3 years old) - About 12-14 hours of sleep


You’ve reached another big milestone, your baby hits one. Then comes the “terrible two’s” and the “tyrannical three’s.” One thing that children this age can have in common still a lack of complete sleep! Though the recommended number of hours for sleep is about 12-14 hours, most likely, your toddler gets about 10 hours or probably even less. Do not panic! You are not the only one, thousands of parents have experienced this (we have some cool tips for on another post) and you too can survive this and have a blissful night’s sleep.


Preschoolers/School-aged (4-13 years old) - 11-13 hours of sleep (younger) and 9-11 hours of sleep (older)


Similar to the toddler stage, older kids start to have an “increasing demand” on their awake time like school, social activities, technology and more. It may be unfortunate, but lack of enough sleep at this stage is also usual if the right steps aren’t taken. For tips check out our other blog post and our book, Baby Sleep, Mommy Sleep.


Trivia and Tips: Did you know that TV or electronic gadgets are often associated with sleep resistance, sleeping difficulties and even anxiety (one of the culprits!). To ensure the best sleep for your child and yourself, avoid looking at screens for at least 1 hour before you go to bed. This requires the discipline to form a habit, but once you have created it (it takes between 1-2 months to form a habit), it will become easy and natural to avoid screens before bed. If you really must look at screen before bed you can look into blue-blocking glasses. As a bonus tip, avoid having your child eat too much candy and other sweet foods before sleep. If you follow these two tips, your sleep will improve immensely.



 For more practical techniques to get your child to sleep through the night, check out our new book release:


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I want you to have a general idea of how much sleep your child needs depending on his or her corresponding stage. The above section can serve as your guide or goal on how much sleep each child can have. You should view helping your child sleep as part of parental discipline or simply as an act of love. You should want your child to have the optimum rest required to support his/her growing and developmental needs so they can become the healthiest and best person they can be.


We hope that the above information will be able to help you understand more about techniques to make your child sleep through the night. Check out our other articles for more great content about parenting, music and education.


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Resources to Help Your Child Sleep


We've compiled several resources that have proven helpful to parents in getting their baby to sleep and develop. Below is a complete list of all the resources mentioned and where to find them. Do your research and talk with other parents. We hope this helps you get started on getting your baby some sleep, so mommy can get some as well.


Baby Swaddling Blanket $49.95


White Noise and Night Light Machine $59.99


Hammock Style Crib $49.81


Baby Vital Signs Monitor $299.99


Baby Motion Monitor $27.99


Baby Sound Only Monitor $29.99


Baby Motion/Sound Monitor with Night Light and Lullaby Player $199.99


Security Blanket Giraffe $9.99


Security Blanket Rabbit $20.00


Wearable Blanket Sleep Sack $19.90




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