This is how much children need to sleep – become wiser about the need for sleep

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How much a child should sleep depends largely on the age of the child. In this article, we write about how much a newborn baby should sleep, and then we will also get into how the requirements for sleep change as the baby gets older.

Such are children’s sleep needs

In the following, we make you wiser about how much children should sleep in the different phases of their lives. It is very important for us to emphasize that the figures are indicative and that there can be a big difference in children’s sleep needs.

Therefore, there does not have to be anything wrong with your child just because this sleeps more or less than average. The most important thing is that your child is comfortable and shows no signs of dissatisfaction.

That’s how much newborns (0-3 months) need to sleep

When the baby is newborn, it is recommended that it sleeps about 14-17 hours a day. As an absolute minimum, the child should sleep 11 hours, and the maximum number of hours the child should spend in dreamland is 19 hours.

It is also recommended that the child get several naps during the day. However, it is very different from child to child how many lures are needed, but over 3 is not unusual at this age.

This is how much infants (4-11 months) need to sleep

It is recommended that an infant sleep about 12-15 hours a day. As an absolute minimum, an infant should sleep a minimum of 10 hours during a day and a maximum of 18 hours. The number of lures should be 2-3 pieces.

So babies sleep a lot. Not quite as much as newborns, but the need for sleep is still great. The vast majority of infants will fall into routines and experience a need for napping at fixed times of the day. This makes things a little easier for mom and dad, as they probably quickly get an idea of ​​when the baby should have the opportunity to be put, and therefore can plan a little after that.

In this context, however, it is important to point out the importance of things happening on the child’s terms. Therefore, sleep must always be subject to the needs of the child, and if the child is tired one day ahead of time, nothing is gained by postponing the nap. In the same way, one does not gain anything by insisting on cuddling a non-tired child just because the child tends to sleep at the given time.

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This is how much children over 1 year must sleep

That’s how much toddlers (1-2 years) need to sleep

When the child reaches the age where it is described as a toddler, it is recommended that the child sleeps about 11-14 hours a day. The absolute minimum that the child should sleep is 9 hours and the absolute maximum is 16 hours.

The child will probably still need nap during the day, but the amount of these will be less than in the past. The usual number of lures at this age is 1-2. A child of 1-2 years will typically have started in either a crèche or day care, which is why it is either a day care mother or an educator who takes care of the child’s sleep during the day.

As a parent, it’s a good idea to make it a habit to inquire into your child’s sleep when picking up. If you are told that the child has slept very little one day, you should consider whether the child needs a nap later in the day.

When the baby is toddling, it can clearly indicate whether it wants to sleep. Here, however, things do not necessarily have to happen entirely on the child’s terms, as toddlers usually prefer to play than sleep. Therefore, if you can see in your child that he needs a nap, you should be stubborn and patient to get him to fall asleep.

That’s how much kindergarten children (3-5 years) need to sleep

When a child reaches kindergarten age, it is recommended that the child sleeps about 10-13 hours a day. As a minimum, a child at this age should sleep 8 hours and the number of sleeping hours should not exceed 14.

Some children will need a nap, while others can easily do without. Therefore, the recommended and common number of lures is 0-1 at this age.

In this phase, it is the parents’ task to assess whether the child needs a dinner scraper. If the child is fussy and hysterical, it may be a sign of fatigue, and then a nap may be the right medication.

A kindergarten child’s need for a nap is not necessarily consistent. It may well be that the need is there some days, while it is not there others. How much energy the child consumes during a day probably plays a role.

That much school children (6-13 years) need to sleep

When the child is in the age range of 6-13 years, it is recommended that the child sleeps 9-11 hours a day. The absolute lowest number of hours that the child should sleep is 7, while it is not recommended that the amount of sleep sneaks over 12 hours in a day. As a starting point, sleep should take place at night, so the number of naps should be 0.

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Remember that sleep needs can vary

The content above reflects the general trends and recommendations when it comes to sleep for babies and children.

However, it is important that you – as we have already mentioned – are aware that sleep needs vary from person to person, and that therefore there is not necessarily anything wrong with your child just because he or she sleeps more or less than average. at a certain age.

If your child thrives during the hours when he is awake, everything is probably in the most beautiful order.

However, the above does not mean that you should necessarily ignore if your child has a huge need for sleep. This can be an expression that something is wrong, which is why a visit to the doctor in such situations will always be in place, so you are on the safe side.

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