How much should my baby sleep in a day?

As my baby grew older, I always have this question in my head. Especially when my toddler recently started to fight his nap times and bedtimes. I was considering just letting him skip his nap totally to save the trouble of putting him to bed and he would be so sleepy at night he would want to go to bed early. Sounds like a really good plan to me! :)

However, I do know that children, especially young children need a lot of sleep a day. They need it for their physical growth as well as brain development. But how much is needed at which age?

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I surfed the net and got this very useful chart from Parents.com

Age

Total Sleep

(hours)

NighttimeSleep(hours)

Naps

(hours)

Newborn-2 months
16-18
8-9

7-9 (3-5 naps)

2-4 months
14-16
9-10
4-5 (3 naps)
4-6 months
14-15
10
4-5 (2-3 naps)
6-9 months
14
10-11
3-4 (2 naps)
9-12 months
14
10-12
2-3 (2 naps)
12-18 months
13-14
11-12
2-3 (1-2 naps)
18 months – 2 years
13-14
11
2 (1 nap)
2-3 years
12-14
10-11
1-2 (1 nap)
3-5 years
11-13
[10-11] 10-13
0-1 (naps usually stop by age 5)
5-12 years
10-11
10-11
n/a

How does this help me? You may ask.

It helps us to determine what time they should sleep at night.

Well, my toddler is 2 years old, so he needs about 12-14 hours of sleep a day. In school, he gets about 2h of nap time each day. That means at night, he needs about 10-12 hours of sleep. If he has to get up at 7am because daddy and mummy needs to send him to school before we go to work, it means he should sleep by 7-9pm at night!

So my dear boy, we will stick to your 8pm bedtime for quite a while. :)

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