Baby Rest

How long do children need to sleep?

Knowing how long children need to sleep can be tricky. Babies have very fragmented sleep schedules and it changes as they get older. Today we want to give you some guidelines on how long children need to sleep.

How long do newborns need to sleep?

In this question, we can differentiate two stages: from 0 to 3 months and from 4 to 11 months. In the first stage, they sleep throughout pretty much the entire day and are only awake when they are hungry, or they need their diaper to be changed. A newborn can sleep 10 to 18 hours and in a very irregular way. Each baby will express their need to sleep in different ways: They rub their little eyes and are very noisy… … When they are sleepy is the perfect time to put them to sleep. If you identify the signs that they need to sleep, you will get them to rest much better.

From 4 to 11 months, the baby’s need to feed changes, and there will be nights when he will sleep through the night without having to eat. During these months, they usually sleep 9-12 hours at night and their naps can be from 30 minutes to 2 hours. During these months, reinforcing and creating sleep schedules is essential.

How much sleep do 1–2-year-old need?

At this age, they can sleep about 11-14 hours a day. When they are about 18 months old the number of naps and the duration of these naps changes: some toddlers only get one nap a day. This can last from 1 to 3 hours. It is important to avoid having this nap close to nighttime, so as not to interrupt their nighttime sleep.

At this age, they may also resist going to bed, and the first nightmares may appear.

We must continue with the established rest routine, keep the room tidy, with dim light…

How much sleep does a 3 to 5-year-old need?

At this age, they sleep about 11-13 hours a night, and at around 5 years old, they stop wanting to nap. It is still difficult for them to want to go to sleep at night; they prefer to stay awake. The more their imagination develops, the more nightmares and bedtime fears may arise.

Having a relaxing routine before bedtime will help them fall asleep: a hot shower, coloring cards, telling a story, asking them about their day before going to sleep… Small, relaxing, effortless activities are perfect.

Have you noticed any changes in your children’s sleep? How long do children need to sleep at home?