How Much Should Children Sleep?

Here are the guidelines used by Psychologists and Pediatricians:

  • Ages 4-12 months: 12-16 hours (including naps)
  • Ages 1-2 years: 11-14 hours (including naps)
  • Ages 3-5 years: 10-13 hours (including naps)
  • Age 6-12 years: 9-12 hours
  • Age 13-18 years: 8-10 hours

(Source: The American Academy of Pediatrics, 2016)

I also recommend putting toddlers to sleep between 6 pm and 8 pm and having all children under age 5 nap at around 1 pm to help have a consistent daily schedule to prevent tantrums and behavioral difficulties.

Published by Dr. Elena Mikalsen

I am a Clinical Psychologist and a novelist.

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