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How much sleep babies and young children need

6 months to 2 years

The amount of sleep your child needs between the age of 6 months and 2 years will change as they grow.

It's a good idea to have a bedtime routine from 6 months of age. Carry out the routine in the same way at roughly the same time each night. A consistent bedtime routine helps your child to develop good sleep habits.

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How much sleep your child needs

Every child needs a different amount of sleep. The information below is based on average amounts of sleep.

By about 6 months

Your baby:

  • needs about 10 to 11 hours sleep a night
  • needs 3 naps during the day
  • should sleep for between 1.5 to 2 hours for each of the first two naps
  • will have a shorter third nap

At this age, babies are less likely to sleep after a feed.

By about 9 months

Your baby needs about 10 to 12 hours sleep a night.

Your baby will get all the food they need during the day when they are fully established onto solid foods. This usually happens between 6 to 9 months of age. But if you're breastfeeding, you may choose to continue night feeds for other reasons, such as comfort.

About 30% of babies aged 9 months wake up at night after being fully weaned onto solid foods.

Your baby will usually need 2 naps during the day of about 1.5 to 2 hours each.

From this age on, babies shouldn't sleep after 3.30pm. This is because they may not be tired enough for bedtime between 7pm to 9pm.

By about 1 year

Your baby needs about 10 to 12 hours sleep a night.

They will usually need 2 naps during the day of about 1 to 2 hours each.

By about 18 months

Your child needs about 11 to 12 hours sleep a night.

They will usually need 1 nap during the day of about 1.5 to 2 hours. This is usually around lunchtime.

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