How Much Sleep Your Child Should Get Each Day


You’re up during the night for the millionth time.

Your child refuses to nap.

Your child won’t take a nap, and now they won’t go to bed at night, either.

As parents, we’ve been there, and we know it can feel like an endless cycle at times. It can also leave you worried, and left with this age-old parents’ question:

How much sleep should my child get each day?

According to the National Sleep Foundation, missing as little as 30 to 60 minutes of the recommended amount of sleep each day can make a big difference. Kids need enough sleep to support their rapid mental and physical development – and that includes babies, infants and even teenagers.

To give you an idea of how much sleep your child should get each day, the Foundation recommends the following for children ages 0 to 17 years old:

Age Recommended May be appropriate Not recommended

0-3 months

14 to 17 hours 11 to 13 hours

18 to 19 hours

Less than 11 hours

More than 19 hours


4-11 months

12 to 15 hours 10 to 11 hours

16 to 18 hours

Less than 10 hours

More than 18 hours


1-2 years

11 to 14 hours 9 to 10 hours

15 to 16 hours

Less than 9 hours

More than 16 hours


3-5 years

10 to 13 hours 8 to 9 hours

14 hours

Less than 8 hours

More than 14 hours

School-aged Children

6-13 years

9 to 11 hours 7 to 8 hours

12 hours

Less than 7 hours

More than 12 hours


14-17 years

8 to 10 hours 7 hours

11 hours

Less than 7 hours

More than 11 hours

Of course, every child is different. Some kids take longer naps than others, and some give them up completely at a much younger age. As long as your son or daughter is reaching an amount within the ranges specified, then you may not have much to worry about after all.

If you do have concerns about their sleep habits, their development, or their behavior, then you should contact your pediatrician.

Better Beds May Lead to Better Sleep

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