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The National Sleep Foundation, along with a multi-disciplinary expert panel, has issued new recommendations for appropriate sleep durations.  The information has been published in the Sleep Health: The Official Journal of the National Sleep Foundation

Experts from sleep, anatomy and physiology, as well as pediatrics, neurology, gerontology and gynecology joined together to create an impressive panel and come up with these revised recommendations for sleep ranges for children and babies.

  • Newborns (0-3 months): Sleep range narrowed to 14-17 hours each day (previously it was 12-18)
  • Infants (4-11 months): Sleep range widened two hours to 12-15 hours (previously it was 14-15)
  • Toddlers (1-2 years): Sleep range widened by one hour to 11-14 hours (previously it was 12-14)
  • Preschoolers (3-5): Sleep range widened by one hour to 10-13 hours (previously it was 11-13)

Here are our recommendations compared to the new data. (looks like we are not too far off which is good!)

If your children are a long way off the norm and you want some help to change this check out our sleep packages.

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National Sleep Foundation’s Sleep Duration Recommendations:

Age Recommended May be appropriate Not recommended
Newborns0-3 months

 

14 to 17 hours 11 to 13 hours18 to 19 hours Less than 11 hoursMore than 19 hours
Infants4-11 months

 

12 to 15 hours 10 to 11 hours16 to 18 hours Less than 10 hoursMore than 18 hours
Toddlers1-2 years

 

11 to 14 hours 9 to 10 hours15 to 16 hours Less than 9 hoursMore than 16 hours
Preschoolers3-5 years

 

10 to 13 hours 8 to 9 hours14 hours Less than 8 hoursMore than 14 hours