How much sleep does my child need?

A Lot! Many parents are surprised to learn that children
need anywhere between 12 and 18 hours of sleep per day,
depending on the age of your child. Here are some specific
guidelines for different age groups:

}} 0-3 months of age: 17-19 hours per day
}} 3-6 months of age: about 15-16hours per day
}} 6-12 months of age: about 14-15 hours per day
}} 12 months of age and up: 13-14 hours per day

A good nights sleep gives children the energy they need to
wake up each morning feeling happy, refreshed and ready
to learn,

Why does my newborn want to sleep all day.....and stay up all night?

A common complaint with new parents is that their child
seems to be very sleepy during the day and very active at 
night - just the opposite of most adults!

Firstly, understand that this is quite natural during the first
4-6 weeks, so try to make the best of it. When possible, 
sleep when your baby is sleeping. (You’ll need the energy!) 
A good way to help encourage your child to make the 
transition to “normal” waking hours is by making sure that 
you make a clear distinction between daytime and night. 
This means keeping the house brighter and more active 
during the day, and darker and quieter at night. (Avoid the 
temptation to get up and start watching TV or doing chores 
in the middle of the night.) 

When should my baby be sleeping through the night?

It depends. Every child is different, but assuming that your
baby is healthy, you can expect 12 hours of solid
night time sleep between the ages of 3 and 6 months.
If your child is 6 months of age or older and still not
sleeping through the night, there are some simple steps
you can take to quickly improve the length of your child’s

How can I tell when my child is getting tired?

One of the most common mistakes parents make is
waiting until their baby is overtired before putting the 
baby to bed. (This actually makes falling asleep much 
more difficult for your little one.)

You can tell when your baby is starting to get tired by
the following signs: 
}} Rubbing eyes 
}} Arching back 
}} Pulling ears 
}} Red-rimmed eyes 
}} Yawning (this is one of the LAST signs)

When you notice your baby starting to show these signs, it’s either naptime or bedtime. Getting your baby into bed before over tiredness sets in will make things much easier for everyone.

How can I get my baby to sleep longer?

Your baby will sleep for longer stretches once they have
learnt the skills needed to fall asleep independently.
This simply means that your child must be able to get to
sleep without any help from you.

A “sleep cycle” lasts about 45 minutes in children. This means that they wake up (very briefly) every 45 minutes or so. In most adults (and children who can fall asleep independently), these “wake-ups” are so brief that we aren’t even aware of them. However, if a child relies on a parent in order to fall asleep (if that child is rocked or nursed to sleep, for example), then that child will quite often need to be rocked or nursed back to sleep every time they wake.

How many naps should my child be taking during the day?

It depends on the age of your child. Of course, every child
is different, but here are some good guidelines:

}} Age 0-3 months: 4 or 5 naps per day
}} Age 3-6 months: 3 naps per day 
}} Age 6-14 months: 2 naps per day 
}} Age 14 months - 2.5 years: 1 nap per day

Note that each nap should last somewhere between 1 and 3 hours.