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How much sleep babies and young children need

3 to 6 months

By 3 to 4 months of age, babies begin to settle into a sleep and wake routine. You can begin to introduce a bedtime routine.

How much sleep your baby needs

Between 3 to 6 months, your baby needs between 12 to 14 hours sleep across the day and night. They will usually nap 4 times a day for around 3 to 4 hours in total. They may be awake for 2 to 2.5 hours between naps.

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Find out more about naps


Your baby may still go straight to sleep after a feed. They will wake for a while before the next feed is due. By about 6 months your baby will stay awake for longer and will be more alert between feeds.

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Read advice on what to do when your baby wakes during the night

Read advice on bedtime routines for babies aged 3 months and older

page last reviewed: 04/05/2021
next review due: 04/05/2024