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Baby Sleep Guidelines

Broadly speaking, guidelines for how much sleep babies need are fairly similar.  Here's a look at a recommendations from a few different sources:

According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (as published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine), here's the amount of sleep kids need.  This was determined by 13 sleep medicine experts and researchers :

  • Infants 4 to 12 months - 12 to 16 hours of sleep every 24 hours (including naps).
  • Children 1 to 2 years - 11 to 14 hours of sleep every 24 hours (including naps).
  • Children 3 to 5 years - 10 to 13 hours of sleep every 24 hours (including naps).
  • Children 6 to 12 years - 9 to 12 hours of sleep every 24 hours.
  • Teens 13 to 18 years - 8 to 10 hours of sleep every 24 hours.

Recommendations for babies younger than 4 months aren't included because there is such a wide range of what's normal when it comes to sleep patterns in newborns, and there isn't enough research to back up guidance in the youngest of infants.

When kids meet the adequate number of sleep hours for their age on a regular basis, they're likely to see benefits including better behavior, attention span, learning, memory, emotional regulation, and overall quality of life, said consensus paper author Dr. Lee Brooks, an attending pulmonologist at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

National Sleep Foundation’s Sleep Duration Recommendations :

AgeRecommendedMay be appropriateNot recommended
Newborns

0-3 months

 

14 to 17 hours11 to 13 hours

18 to 19 hours

Less than 11 hours

More than 19 hours

Infants

4-11 months

 

12 to 15 hours10 to 11 hours

16 to 18 hours

Less than 10 hours

More than 18 hours

Toddlers

1-2 years

 

11 to 14 hours9 to 10 hours

15 to 16 hours

Less than 9 hours

More than 16 hours

Preschoolers

3-5 years

 

10 to 13 hours8 to 9 hours

14 hours

Less than 8 hours

More than 14 hours

School-aged Children

6-13 years

 

9 to 11 hours7 to 8 hours

12 hours

Less than 7 hours

More than 12 hours

Teenagers

14-17 years

 

8 to 10 hours7 hours

11 hours

Less than 7 hours

More than 11 hours

Young Adults

18-25 years

 

7 to 9 hours6 hours

10 to 11 hours

Less than 6 hours

More than 11 hours

Adults

26-64 years

 

7 to 9 hours6 hours

10 hours

Less than 6 hours

More than 10 hours

Older Adults

≥ 65 years

 

7 to 8 hours5 to 6 hours

9 hours

Less than 5 hours

More than 9 hours

Additional sources:

Baby's first year: A busy mum's guide to sleep

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/sleep-and-tiredness/how-much-sleep-do-kids-need/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16100507

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