sleep requirements

New born babies are mostly just sleeping and eating with short periods of wakefulness in the first few weeks of life

Young babies will often wake at night for a breast feed and if you are co-sleeping this does not disrupt mother or baby as the breast is available without waking completely and having to get out of bed

From 1 year to 3 years of age an average of 10 hours sleep per night plus a one to two hour daytime sleep

Three years and older require 11-12 hours of sleep per night but have no daytime sleep

Regular physical activity is important for the optimum development of the child’s body and mind and helps to develop good sleeping habits as well