Average sleep needs


Ever wondered how much sleep your little ones should actually be getting? There’s no hard and fast rule as all children are different and some require more sleep and some less. Our average sleep chart for children is just a guide but we hope it will help you to see what others are likely to be doing. It’s clear that the need for daytime sleeping decreases as babies get older as they get most of their sleep at night. While a newborn will sleep as much in the day as during the night, typically, by the age of 4 no sleep is needed in the day at all.  It’s always best to respond to the needs of your child as you know them best. The good news is that by 12 weeks of age, a lot of babies begin to fall back to sleep by themselves, without waking up mum and dad. Most not all! You are not alone if you’re struggling with sleep right now, we are here for you. We’ve got a great Baby Sleep Guide featuring our health visitor and sleep expert Maggie. Watch our video on How To Get Baby To Sleep Through The Night.

Baby ClinicPlus you can come and chat to Maggie, our team of trained parent supporters and other mums in the Channel Mum support group too.

Health Visitor approved advice

This guide has been checked and approved by our in-house Health Visitor, Maggie Fisher in September 2018.

Other factsheets in this series

Safe sleeping for babies

Your baby’s average sleep needs

Sleep and awake states of your baby

What are your baby’s signs of tiredness?

Your baby’s sleep cycles

The effect food can have on your baby’s sleep

Comforting and soothing your baby to sleep

Sleep aids that might help settle your baby

Swaddling your baby

Bedtime routines

Using the ‘Gradual Retreat’ sleep training method

Using the ‘Controlled Checking’ sleep training method

Using the ‘Kissing Game’ sleep training method

Using the ‘Pick Up, Put Down’ sleep training method

Using the ‘Wake to Sleep’ sleep training method

You might be interested in

The Channel Mum sleep guide

How to sooth a crying baby

Controlled Crying