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Let's talk about healthy sleep. Below is information on the recommended amount sleep children need by age. Remember, as parents/caregivers you also need a good night’s rest…8 hours in fact!




Brain Development

  • promotes ability to follow directions

  • better attention span and ability to focus

  • increased cognitive and language development

  • 90% of a child’s brain development occurs before age 5

  • some scientists think that the brain sorts through and stores information as well as solves problems during sleep


Behavioral and Emotional Health

  • reduces tantrums or "meltdowns" by better regulating a child’s emotions

  • better adjustment to preschool setting

  • lower levels of aggressio


Immune System

  • boosts the immune system and helps fight off illness


Physical Growth and Development

  • gives the growing body more energy

  • improves coordination for physical activity

  • allows release of growth hormones

  • lack of sleep linked to obesity and diabetes


Sleep Needs by Age


Birth to 6 months

  • About 16-20 total hours of sleep with feedings every few hours in the day to allow for a long stretch of sleep (10-12 hours) at night usually with an interruption to feed.

6 to 12 months

  • About 11 hours at night, plus two daytime naps totaling 3-4 hours. Usually do not need to wake at night to feed.

Toddlers (1 to 3 years)

  • 10-13 hours at night plus an afternoon nap of 1-3 hours.

Preschoolers (3 to 5 years)

  • 10-12 hours at night plus an afternoon nap. Most give up this nap by age 5.

School-age (5 to 12 years)

  • 10-12 hours at night. Some 5 year olds may still need a nap, and if not possible then an earlier bedtime.




A literacy message from Nemours BrightStart!


With this month’s time change and the extra hours of sunlight, your child may be tempted to stay up later. Enforcing bedtime is never fun, but it is always worth it. Your child’s brain and body work very hard all day long, and good sleep is needed to keep the brain and body working correctly. Most parents find that developing and sticking to a routine is the way to go. Once you decide on a bedtime, be sure to factor in enough time for washing up, brushing teeth, changing into pajamas, and reading a book. Reading a story is often a part of the bedtime tradition. Board books are the favorite of babies from birth to 2 years old. There are many board books about bedtime routines. After the toddler years, most children love to have a picture book read to them before bed. This not only boosts their literacy skills, it also is a time for bonding, which is great for their social and emotional development. Even older children enjoy and benefit from being read to! You could stretch out a chapter book by reading a little bit each night. Your child may like to wind down by playing video games. Well, research studies have found that video games raise emotions and cause sleeping problems. Many studies show that TV and video game use near bedtime results in lower verbal memory for tasks the next day. So, trade the video game and TV time for book reading, and get positive effects on sleep, memory, learning, and literacy the next day and beyond!