Baby Care

Baby’s Sleep Timeline

Baby Sleep Timeline

Children are the ones who run the most, and that is why it is important that they get proper and adequate sleep for recovery and function equally energetically the next day. Sleep is the most basic requirement of the human body and is necessary because during sleep the body recuperates from lack of energy, tiredness and stress. The amount of sleep a person needs depends on various factors like age group, lifestyle, stress, and activity during the day and that is why it is different from people. Let us see the ‘baby sleep timeline’ for different age groups.

Baby sleep timeline by age group

Baby sleep timeline: 1-4 weeks old

Baby Sleep Time

Usually the children sleep between 15 to 18 hours a day, but usually, they will sleep for 2-4 hours at a time. The newborn babies don’t have their circadian rhythm developed. It is the internal biological clock which controls our day and night chakras. Hence, in children, the way they sleep, there is a lack of pattern in them.

Baby sleep timeline: 1-4 months old

Baby Sleep Timeline

Children at this age require around 14-15 hours of sleep daily. By the end of the day, they will begin to sleep for a long time and tend to settle down more regularly in the evening. This will begin the correct day/night confusion.

Baby sleep timeline: 4-12 months old

Baby Sleep Timeline

It is ideal for children at this age, who sleeps for 15 hours per day, but most go around only 12. This time is important to establish healthy sleep habits for the child. At this time encourage children’s sleep and social patterns. Babies often start with three naps in one day and then have to go twice in about 6 months because they sleep throughout the night. Encouraging regular nap will help to properly mature the circadian rhythm.

Baby sleep timeline: 1-2 years old

Baby Sleep Timeline

As your child goes to the 18-21 month stage, they will only start taking a nap daily, but children need to sleep for 14 hours per day. Most children will actually take about 10 hours to sleep, children of 21-36 months usually require a nap, which can be from one to three hours, encourage them to sleep from 7-9 to 6-8.

Baby sleep timeline: 2-4 years old

Between 2 to 4 years of age, the child requires at least 9 to 10 hours of sleep to be able to work properly and remain active enough the next day. Children of this age group are super active during the day, to understand the problems of everyday life, roaming around, screaming, playing, using their brain, doing all kinds of activities like crying and screaming. They also use energy to sleep for 9 hours at night and sleep 1 to 2 hours during the day keep their body and mind active and fresh.

Baby sleep timeline: 4-6 years old

A child between the age of 4 to 6 years requires a minimum of 8 hours of proper sleep. This will help the child to be active for longer and he won’t get exhausted too soon. Thus, to keep your child healthy, you should ensure that he/she gets 8 hours of sleep in the night and 1 to 2 hours of sleep during the day.

Baby sleep timeline: 6-10 years old

A child between the ages of 6-10 years needs around 7-8 hours of sleep daily. This will keep them active. Lack of sleep will make them cranky and dull, which will result in loss of health. Make sure your child is getting enough sleep in the night. Along with this make sure they have enough physical activity during the day which would tire them enough to sleep peacefully during the night.

Baby sleep timeline: 10-14 years old

This is the age when you will see the most changes in your child. He/she will grow in terms of thinking and see changes in his body so that he can make changes in thinking or work in front of others. Make sure that the child is getting peaceful sleep for at least 7 hours in order to overcome stress and fatigue, which can be a frequent complaint. The girls must sleep peacefully in their periods as they can get easily tired in less time.

Baby sleep timeline: after 14 years of age

After the age of 14, you should make sure that the child is sleeping for at least 6 to 7 hours every day so that the body and mind can work properly. It is the age of distractions that can cause unrest in the child’s mind, in this way, it becomes all the more important that the child sleeps and gets better from the stress and remains healthy. In any case, sleep deprivation will cause the child to rot and it will be more difficult to deal with hormonal changes.


Hence, as a parent, it is your duty to tell the kid the importance of sleep. Studying and performing well is important, but that cannot come at the cost of the child’s sleep. The kid will be able to give his best only if he/she is in good health and only proper sleep can ensure that.

You might be even interested in checking out how will your baby grow in terms of height and weight. ‘Baby growth in cms and kgs‘ article is certainly worth a read!

“Enjoy your Path to Mom, Relish every moment.”

Disclaimer: All content on this website, including medical opinion and other health-related information, should be considered as opinion only. Always seek the direct advice of your own doctor in connection with any questions or issues you may have regarding your own health or the health of others.


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