I have a 4-year-old son and a
2-year-old daughter. How much sleep should they get?
Children vary in the amount of sleep they need, just like
adults. There is no set number of hours recommended. What is
more important in determining if your children are getting
enough sleep is to observe their behavior. If they seem
tired and fussy during the day, that is an indication they
need more sleep.
On the average, an infant sleeps about 16 hours a day. By one year of age, a child sleeps about 14 hours a day. By the age of four, children sleep 12 hours on average and by age eight, this total drops to about 9 hours of sleep.
Source: ParentLink, 4-H/Youth Development, University of Missouri-Columbia
Last update: Wednesday, May 13, 2009