Friday, November 26

Sleep and children - How much sleep do children need?

Good sleep is very important for children to have bubbling happy nature and renewed energy. For children, sleeping well is often the result of having good sleep habits and hygiene, which necessarily the parents are responsible for inculcating in their children.
How much sleep do newborns need?
Newborns usually sleep for 17 to 19 hours a day and wake up every two to three hours for feed. As long as the child is feeding well and gaining weight slight variance in wakeful time does not matter.

How much sleep do infants (3 to 11 months) need?
Infants sleep from 14 to 15 hours a day, sleeping five to six hours in the day and rest of the time in the night.
They may wake up twice or thrice in the night for feed.

How much sleep do toddlers need?
Toddlers sleep between 12 to 14 hours a day, of which two to three hours may be in the daytime.

How much sleep do preschool children need?
Children of three to four years age sleep between 11 to 13 hours a day of which two hours may be in the daytime.

How much sleep do school-age children need?
Children of school going age usually require about 10 hours of sleep in the night.
As they grow up the sleep requirement will come down to about eight hours a day.

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