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  • Writer's pictureMary Cantwell

Sleep Need By Age: Newborn, Infant, Toddler

Updated: Jan 10

Sleep needs can look different from child to child. Use this as a guideline (not the end all be all!) on sleep and a placeholder for sleep needs by age. These recommendations are averages and keep in mind that what falls in the average range may work like a charm for one child and may look very different for another. Use this to help manage your child’s sleep as well as with your child’s own individual sleep cues and communication style to “tell” you they are ready for sleep.


We will focus on birth to 2 years old from wake windows ranges, how much daytime sleep averages, overnight sleep ranges and overnight feeds that will help guide you on your journey.


Newborn to 1 Month:

Wake Window Range: 30 to 60 minutes

Amount of Sleep: 15 to 18 Hours

Overnight Sleep: 8 to 10 Hours

Amount of Day Sleep: 7 to 8 Hours

Number of Naps: 5 to 7

Feedings Overnight: Every 2 to 3 hours


2 Month to 3 Months:

Wake Window Range: 60 to 90 minutes

Amount of Sleep: 14-17 Hours

Overnight Sleep: 10 to 12 Hours

Amount of Day Sleep: 5 to 6 Hours

Number of Naps: 4 to 6

Feedings Overnight: Every 2 to 3 hours


4 Month to 5 Months:

Wake Window Range: 1.75 to 2 hours

Amount of Sleep: 14 to 16 Hours

Overnight Sleep: 10 to 12 Hours

Amount of Day Sleep: 3 to 4 Hours

Number of Naps: 3 to 4

Feedings Overnight: 1 or 2 feedings


6 to 8 Months:

Wake Window Range: 2 to 3 Hours

Amount of Sleep: 13 to 15 Hours

Overnight Sleep: 10 to 12 Hours

Amount of Day Sleep: 3 to 3.5 Hours

Number of Naps: 2 to 3

Feedings Overnight: 0 to 1 feeding


9 to 12 Months:

Wake Window Range: 3 to 4 Hours

Amount of Sleep: 13 to 15 Hours

Overnight Sleep: 10 to 12 Hours

Amount of Day Sleep: 2 to 3 Hours

Number of Naps: 2

Feedings Overnight: 0 feeds


13 to 14 Months:

Wake Window Range: 3.5 to 4.5 Hours

Amount of Sleep: 13-14 Hours

Overnight Sleep: 10 to 12 Hours

Amount of Day Sleep: 2 to 2.5 Hours

Number of Naps: 1 or 2

Feedings Overnight: 0 feeds


15 to 18 Months:

Wake Window Range: 4 to 5 Hours

Amount of Sleep: 13-14 Hours

Overnight Sleep: 10 to 12 Hours

Amount of Day Sleep: 2 to 2.5 Hours

Number of Naps: 1

Feedings Overnight: 0 feeds


19 to 24 Months:

Wake Window Range: 5 to 6 Hours

Amount of Sleep: 12-14 Hours

Overnight Sleep: 10 to 12 Hours

Amount of Day Sleep: 1.5 to 2 Hours

Number of Naps: 1

Feedings Overnight: 0 feeds



sleep needs by age


As always use this as a place to start with helping your child’s sleep consolidate and elongate naps. In conjunction, use your child’s sleep cues and what they are communicating to guide you to solid family sleep.


If you would like support to help with your child’s schedule, let’s set up a Discovery Call so that you can ask questions on how I serve families and I can get more information on what is happening sleep wise.

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