How Long Should your Child Sleep?

Written by Jennifer Garden. Posted in Sleep Tips

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Results from study completed by Iglowstein et al (2003) reporting total  quiet time in crib/bed up to 16 years of age. Data only provided to 5 years of age in this chart. Data are separated into total sleep, daytime sleep and night time sleep at different ages. Numbers in + are reported as one standard deviation (e.g. representing 68% of population). Please note, at 1 month of age, data are variable.

 

Iglowstein, I., Jenni, O.G., Molinari, L., & Largo, R.H. (2003). Sleep duration from infancy to adolescence: reference value and generational trends. Pediatrics, 111:302-307.

 

Age 

Total sleep 

Daytime 

Night time 

1 mo 

14.5 + 1 hrs 

6 + 1 hrs 

variable 

3 mo 

14.5 +  1.5 hrs 

5 + 1 hrs 

10 + 1 hrs 

6 mo 

14.2 + 1.9 hrs 

3.4 + 1.5 hrs 

11 + 1.1 hrs 

9 mo 

13.9 + 1.7 hrs 

2.8 + 1.2 hrs 

11.2 + 1 hrs 

12 mo 

13.9 + 1.2 hrs 

2.4 + 1.1 hrs 

11.7 + 1 hrs 

18 mo 

13.6 + 1.2 hrs 

2.0 + 0.7 hrs 

11.6 + 0.9 hrs 

2 yrs 

13.2 + 1.2 hrs 

1.8 + 0.5 hrs 

11.5 + 0.9 hrs 

3 yrs 

12.5 + 1.1 hrs 

1.7 + 0.4 hrs 

11.4 + 0.8 hrs 

4 yrs 

11.8 + 1 hrs 

1.5 + 0.4 hrs 

11.2 + 0.8 hrs 

5 yrs 

11.5 + 0.9 hrs 

No naps 

11.1 + 0.7 hrs