The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has reached its first-ever consensus regarding just how much sleep kids need. Does this help you and baby reach a consensus about how many hours he’ll actually log tonight? Nope! But it can help you gauge whether or not your child’s on track for healthy sleep habits.
The recommendations–endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Sleep Research Society and the American Association of Sleep Technologists—span infancy through the teenage years.
4 to 12 months: 12 to 16 hours per 24 hours (including naps)
Ages 1 to 2: 11 to 14 hours per 24 hours (including naps)
Ages 3 to 5: 10 to 13 hours per 24 hours (including naps)
Ages 6 to 12: 9 to 12 hours per 24 hours
Ages 13 to 18: 8 to 10 hours per 24 hours