How much sleep children need depends on their age. We recommend the NHS guidelines below.
In practice, you might find that what suits your child varies from this a little.
Younger children need more sleep.
|Age||Daytime nap||At night|
|1 week||8 hours||8 hours 30 minutes|
|4 weeks||6 to 7 hours||8 to 9 hours|
|3 months||4 to 5 hours||10 to 11 hours|
|6 months||3 hours||11 hours|
|9 months||2 hours 30 minutes||11 hours|
|12 months||2 hours 30 minutes||11 hours|
|2 years||1 hour 30 minutes||11 hours 30 minutes|
|3 years||0 – 45 mins||11 hours 30 minutes – 12 hours|
|4 years||–||11 hours 30 minutes|
|5 years||–||11 hours|
The amount of sleep children need decreases as they get older.
|Age||Recommended amount of sleep|
|6 years||10 hours 45 minutes|
|7 years||10 hours 30 minutes|
|8 years||10 hours 15 minutes|
|9 years||10 hours|
|10 years||9 hours 45 minutes|
|11 years||9 hours 30 minutes|
|12 years||9 hours 15 minutes|
|13 years||9 hours 15 minutes|
|14-16 years||9 hours|
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