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One of the most common concerns for new parents revolves around sleep issues. How much sleep does the child need? How many naps? When do the sleep patterns change? The amount of sleep a child needs varies depending on the age of the child. Below are some guidelines by age:

Newborn:

   -   Sleeps an average of 16 -18 hours per day spread out over a 24-hour period.

1 Month:

   -   Sleeps an average of 15 - 18 hours per day spread over 24-hour period
   -   May begin longer nightime intervals, but rare.

2 Month:

   -   Sleeps an average of 15 hours.
   -   Daytime naps.
   -   8 -10 at night.

3-4 Months:

   -   Sleeps an average of 15 hours.
   -   Develops a routine nap schedule.
   -   10 at night.

6 Months:

   -   Sleeps an average of 14 hours.
   -   Routine nap times 2 - 3 times per day.
   -   11-12 hours at night.

9 Months:

   -   Sleeps an average of 14 hours.
   -   Naps may now be an hour each 2 times a day.
   -   11-12 at night.

12 Months:

   -   Sleeps 13-14 hours total.
   -   Naps may become longer but less often. Perhaps giving up the morning nap for a longer afternoon nap.
   -   11-12 hours may be at night.

2 Year Old:

   -   May sleep up to 13 hours.
   -   One nap during the day.
   -   11-12 at night.

3-4 Years:

   -   But may be giving up naps altogether.
   -   May sleep 11-12 hours at night.
   -   Routine bedtimes are a must for this age group.

5 Years:

   -   May sleep 10-12 hours at night without napping at all.
   -   Bedtime routines are a must for this age group.

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