Keep in mind that the following is an average
- some babies need a little more sleep, and some will need less sleep. You cannot fit a baby into a clock. A baby's temperament, amongst other things, can influence their sleep requirements, as can milestones, teething etc. The most important thing is to watch for your baby's tired cues.Age/milestones Sleep needed per day Typical patternsNewborn
16-20 hours Nap 1-2 hours in every three;
Dont have control over 5-6 hours at night#
anything except their
15-18 hours Three naps, 1.5 hours each + catnap;
More alert and aware 8 hours at night#
of surroundings; able
to move head4-6 months
15-18 hours Two naps, 2-3 hours each OR;
Gaining mobility 3 naps; 2 2hr naps & 1 45min catnap
10-12 hours at night6-8 months
14-18 hours Two naps 1-2 hours each;
More mobility; able to 10-12 hours at night
sit and crawl9 months old
14-17 hours 2 naps of 1.5 hours each;
11-12 hours at night1 year old
14-16 hours 2 naps, 1 of 1 hour and 1 of 1.25-1.5 hrs
11.5hrs at night The transition to one nap usually occurs in the 12-18 month range18 months old
1 nap - 2 hrs
11.5hrs at night2 years old
1 nap - 1.5hrs
11.5hrs at night3 years old
1 nap - 1.25hrs
10.75hrs at night Daytime naps usually stop by the age of 44 years old
no more naps!!
11.5hrs at night5 years old
11 hrs at night6 years old
10.75 hours at night
# - This is the longest stretch of night sleep that could be expected before waking for a night feed, and not all the sleep the baby will get at night. Especially in the early days, babies will wake more often for feeding. Short naps
- some babies have biorhythms that make them short nappers. Things to ask:
* have naps ever been longer than 45 minutes or so?
* is he cranky during the day?
* is he sleeping well at night?
If your answers are no, no, and yes, then you probably have a short napper on your hands, and will have to adjust your EASY routine to reflect that. You can read a real life example in the BWSAYP book on p. 215.sources:
Secrets of the Babywhisperer, p. 189
The Babywhisperer Solves All Your Problems, p. 20, 201
adaptation from a Similac mailout, which adapted from Ferber's "Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems"
NHS advisory handouts (http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Childrenssleep/Pages/howmuchsleep.aspx