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Healthy Sleep Habits for Kids

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Sleep is an essential component of fostering healthy development in your children. Healthy sleep habits help adults, as well. Summer time often takes a toll on sleep habits. Kids may sleep in or stay up late…And us moms may not be as strict about bedtimes as we were during the school year. Here are a few guidelines for how much your child should be sleeping even if their sleep schedule has gotten a little off schedule since the summer schedule changes have occurred.

The National Sleep Foundation recommends the following:

  • 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)
  • School age children (6-13): Sleep range widened by one hour to 9-11 hours (previously it was 10-11)
  • Teenagers (14-17): Sleep range widened by one hour to 8-10 hours (previously it was 8.5-9.5)
  • Younger adults (18-25): Sleep range is 7-9 hours (new age category)
  • Adults (26-64): Sleep range did not change and remains 7-9 hours
  • Older adults (65+): Sleep range is 7-8 hours (new age category)

Remember this information when the school year comes back up again. Your child will need the appropriate amount of sleep in order to function at their best. And us moms need to prioritize our sleep, too, so we have the energy and focus to be our best selves, as well.


Healthy Sleep Habits for Kids



APA Reference
Gilmore, H. (2017). Healthy Sleep Habits for Kids. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 18, 2019, from


Last updated: 5 Jul 2017
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 5 Jul 2017
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