How Much Sleep Does My Baby Need?

Baby Age Time awake between sleep sessions
(Number of naps/day)
Total Sleep Needs*
(Hrs. at night & hrs. in naps)
0-4 weeks Duration of last sleep but 40 mins. max 16-18 hrs. (Dispersed throughout the day)
5-8 weeks Duration of last sleep but 60 mins. max 15.5-17 hrs. (8.5-10 hrs. at night; 7 hrs. in naps)
9-12 weeks Duration of last sleep period up to 80 mins. max 15-16 hrs. (10 hrs. at night; 5-6 hrs. in naps)
4-5 months 1-2 hrs. (3-5 naps) 15 hrs. (10-12 hrs. at night; 4-5 hrs. in naps)
5 months 1.5-2.5 hrs. (3-4 naps) 15 hrs. (10-12 hrs. at night; 3.5-5 hrs. naps)
6-7 months 2-3 hrs. (2-3 naps) 14.5 hrs. (11-12 hrs. at night; 3-4 hrs. in naps)
8-9 months 2-3.5 hrs. (2-3 naps) 14-14.5 hrs. (11-12 hrs. at night; 2.5-3 hrs. in naps)
10-12 months 3-4 hrs. (2 naps) 13.75-14.5 hrs. (11-12 hrs. at night; 2-3 hrs. in naps)
12-18 months 3-4.5 hrs. (2 naps per day until 15-18 months) 13.5 14 hrs. (11-12 hrs. at night; 2-3 hrs. in naps)

 *Babies vary widely in their unique sleep needs. The National Sleep Foundation’s recommendations have even larger ranges of 

Keep in mind:

  1. Wake times tend to be shorter in the earlier part of the day and the longest before bed.

  2. If your baby’s preceding nap was short or your baby was very active during the wake period, s/he may need an earlier nap or bedtime.