How many hours of sleep does my baby or child need?

Sleep is quite simply the essence of maintaining good health and happiness in infants and adults. Without enough sleep, we don’t function correctly both emotionally and physically.  As much as 75% of children have sleep problems in their lives and most of the sleep concerns are preventable.

Well-controlled experimental studies have examined the impact of sleep loss on an infant’s daytime functioning. The emerging results indicate that sleep plays a vital role in diverse aspects of daytime functioning in children, including cognitive and emotional functioning. Moreover, studies show that daytime functioning may be impaired by even small amounts of sleep restriction in infants and that one hours extra sleep in each 24 hour period affects an infants intelligence by 2 years

Here are the latest recommendations for healthy sleep in any 24 hour period:

Category  Age Range
Newborn 0 – 3 months 14-17 hours
Infant 4 – 11 months 12-15 hours
Toddler 1 – 2 years 11-14 hours
Preschool 3 – 5 years 10-13 hours
School-age 6 – 13 years 9-11 hours

If you have concerns about your infant’s sleep andwould like to know if it can be improved, just contact Suzy and she will give you an honest and non-judgemental appraisal so that you can decide whether you need further guidance to get your infant’s sleep back on track.