As a new parent, trying to figure out how much sleep your household needs can feel like a fruitless endeavor because—let’s be real—you are likely nowhere near that number. But even if you’re in the , it’s helpful to know that sleep requirements do vary for each person based on a few factors. And although you might be skating by on little sleep now, it is so to try and meet these guidelines—even if it means fitting in extra sleep when possible.
provides recommendations that can help guide you in the right direction when it comes to different ages and stages of sleep. Here’s a simple chart you can follow that provides a range of hours recommended by age ranges; making it easy for your entire family to follow.
Sleep needs by age
Newborn to 3 months old: 15-17 Hours
Even though it might not seem like it, actually spend most of their day sleeping. Their sleep cycles are much shorter than adults and much more active. It is common for newborns to wake up often during sleep cycles (especially at night) and sleep for periods of just a few minutes or a few hours.
Infants (4-11 months): 9-12 hours at night + 1.5-3 hours during the day
During this stage, babies likely won’t need to , and will have longer stretches of sleep both during the day and at night. Around 4 months, your child will start to develop her natural sleep-wake rhythm and so routine and consistency become more important.
Toddlers (1-3 years): 9-11 hours at night + 1-2.5 hours during the day
It is no surprise that , so getting adequate sleep at night and during the day is really important! Your toddler should be on by 18 months and routine is key during this time. Toddlers will have an easier time with sleep adjustments and transitions when they have a sense of what is coming next and so providing that through consistency will be really helpful.
School-aged children (4+ years): 10-13 hours at night
Once children are in school, they can become more emotionally and physically tired and since their nap usually drops off around 4/5, it is important they are getting adequate night-time sleep. Maintaining a regular bedtime and encouraging healthy sleep habits, such as , are helpful in making sleep as a priority.
Adults 18-65: 7-9 hours at night
Yes, even though we are superheroes most days, we still need our sleep. Adults should have a minimum of seven hours of sleep per night in order to feel rested and restored. Sleep is considered the foundation of health, and the negative effects of sleep deprivation are too many to list-so try to make sleep a priority.
I promise your body and your mind will love you for it and you’ll feel like an even more awesome, Mama!