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How much sleep is enough?

Newborn babies sleep a lot. Your baby will have their own pattern of waking and sleeping that is unique to them. It is unlikely to fit in with your need to sleep. They will wake frequently and will need feeding during the night. Getting enough sleep is essential for their development, as it is the time when they can process their new experiences and skills.

Sleep guide

Most newborn babies are asleep more than they are awake. Their total daily sleep varies, but it can be from 8 hours up to 18 hours.

Below are the approximate hours of sleep needed by children of different ages.

Babies 4 to 12 months old

  • 12 to 16 hours including naps

Toddlers 1 to 2 years old

  • 11 to 14 hours including naps

Children 3 to 5 years old

  • 10 to 13 hours including naps

Children 6 to 12 years old

  • 9 to 12 hours

Teenagers 13 to 18 years old

  • 8 to 10 hours

Who can help?

If you’re worried about your child, a health professional in our team will be able to offer advice and support. You can Call Us on 0300 029 50 50 or Text Us on 07520 649887 to start a conversation. If your aged 11-19 you can text ChatHealth on 07480 635 443

**Monday to Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm excluding bank holidays**


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