Baby & Toddler Sleep Tips

How Much Sleep Should She Get?

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Age

She Needs

Best Bedtime

Keep in Mind

0 to 2 months

Up to 18 hours of sleep

In the first weeks of life, anything goes.

 

Bottle-fed babies go three to five hours between feedings, while breastfed babies go two to three hours.

2 to 12 months

14 to 15 hours of sleep

8:30 to 9:30 P.M.at 3 to 5 months; 7:30 to 8:30 P.M.at 9 to 11 months.

Most infants under 5 months take three naps a day; by 9 to 11 months, 75 percent of them take just two.

12 to 18 months

13 to 14 hours

Between 7:30 and 8:30 P.M.

By 18 months, most kids are down to one nap -- usually in the early afternoon.

18 months to 3 years

12 to 14 hours

Between 7:30 and 8:30 P.M.

Kids still need a daily nap, but they may put up a fight as they get older; try encouraging “quiet time” in his room instead.

3 to 6 years

11 to 13 hours

Between 7:30 and 8:30 P.M.

By age 5 most children have outgrown napping completely.

 

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