How much sleep do children need?

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How much sleep do children need?

Sleep is essential to a child’s wellbeing and every child needs a different amount of sleep to function, particularly at school age.

You may find that when your child reaches school age, the first few weeks of school can be very exhausting for them and you may find that they want to go to bed earlier.  Let them.  Don’t keep them up because you fear they will get up too early the following day.

Don’t forget your teenagers.  Some can need more sleep than babies!

We have compiled a guide to how many hours sleep per night you should aim for to help them to grow into happy and well balanced children.

Follow our guide:

Age: Day (hours) Night (hours)
1 week 8 8.5
4 weeks 6 to 7 8 to 9
3 months 4 to 5 10 to 11
6 months 3 11
9 months 2.5 11
12 months 2.5 11
2 years 1.5 11.5
3 years 0-.45 11.5 hours-12
4 years 11.5
5 years 11
6 years 10.45
7 years 10.15
8 years 10.15
9 years 10
10 years 9.45
11 years 9.15
12 years 9.15
13 years 9.15
14 years 9
15 years 9
16 years 9

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