As parents, we have it drummed into us just how important sleep is for our baby’s well-being and development. But just how much sleep should your baby actually be getting?
The answer differs depending on your baby or toddler’s age. Every child is different, and some develop at slower or faster rates – so you shouldn’t panic if your baby doesn’t conform to these exact timeframes. Some kids just need more or less sleep than others. If you’re in doubt, you can always speak with a doctor or baby sleep specialist.
We’ve compiled the ideal sleep times for your baby/toddler’s age into a handy guide below:
From birth to one month old, your baby will usually sleep for 8 ½ hours every night, as well as around 8 ½ hours during the day as naps of varying length. That’s 17 hours of sleep on average every day (sounds blissful, doesn’t it?).
1 month old:
Your baby will still be sleeping for 17 hours a day, but they’ll sleep a little more at night (9 hours) and a little less during the day (8 hours).
3 months old:
Around the time your baby is three months old, they should be getting around 10 hours sleep a night, and around 6 during the day, spread across three naps.
6 months old:
Your baby will now be sleeping around 15 hours a day – 10 hours at night, and 5 during the day, spread across 2-3 naps.
9 months old:
Your baby’s daytime naps will be decreasing to around 3 ½ hours, while they should be sleeping for 10-11 hours at night.
1 year old:
By now (hopefully) your child will be sleeping 11 hours a night, and getting three hours of sleep a day across two naps.
18 months old:
Your baby’s daytime naps should be further decreasing to around 2 ½ hours a day over two nap periods. They should still be sleeping 11 hours at night.
We’ve already published useful articles to help you set your baby’s sleep schedule, and helping your baby to sleep through the night. If you’re still having trouble getting your baby to fall asleep, you can contact a sleep expert or doctor.
But remember, every baby is different – just because your child isn’t meeting these milestones exactly, doesn’t mean he or she has a problem.
Have a good sleep!