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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

 

 

 

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