• Behavior
  • Health
  • Parenting

Is your baby or toddler getting enough sleep?

  • Posted

In this article, you’ll find answers to questions like:

1. How much sleep is best?
2. What's the impact?
3. Who can help?

Don’t be alarmed that your baby or toddler loves to sleep — a lot.

Pediatric and sleep professionals aren’t hitting the snooze button on a recent report urging parents to ensure their children are getting enough sleep.


Twelve to 16 hours a day are recommended for babies from 4 to 12 months old, 11 to 14 hours for toddlers from 1 to 2 years old and 10 to 13 hours for 3-year-olds. This includes naps.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has endorsed the American Academy of Sleep Medicine’s June 2016 report that emphasizes the importance of children of all ages getting enough sleep each night. The Pediatrics academy also recommends removing TVs and computers from children’s rooms and turning off screens at least 30 minutes before bed.

The Pediatrics academy encourages you to ask the doctor during annual exams for suggestions on how to help your child get the appropriate hours of shut-eye.


Quality rest improves attention spans, behavior and the ability to focus and learn, according to study. It’s also easier to regulate emotions and be more physically fit.

In contrast, children who don’t regularly log enough hours often show an increase in injuries, high blood pressure, obesity and depression. 


If you need a crib or additional guidance on safe sleep, contact Home Safe, an organization to help parents of young children, which is funded by Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County.


Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine
American Academy of Pediatrics

Back to listing

For a listing of all resources, click here.
Additional Resources
You May Also Enjoy
  • Does your kid love putting things in his mouth? Then this is for you.

    Almost 60 percent of all non-fatal choking cases are food-related, while another 32 percent involve swallowing either coins or gum.

  • BLOG: No, you can't spoil your baby

    It is absolutely OK to pick up your baby, especially when they're very young. When your baby cries, they need comforting and need to feel secure in their environment.

  • Safe sleeping arrangements can save your baby's life

    The risk of infant death is 40 times higher when the child is sleeping with an adult. Find helpful safe sleep tips here.