Getting enough sleep is essential for your child's health and wellbeing.

By establishing positive sleep habits from an early age you can promote healthy growth, immunity, learning and memory for your child. Children often need more sleep at times of rapid growth.

Tips for healthy sleep habits

  • Try to establish a calming bedtime routine with consistent sleep and wake times
  • Help them settle with a quiet, dimly lit environment
  • Try to make sure they have enough food and sunlight during the day and no caffeine in the afternoon and evening
  • Avoid screen time before sleep and keep screens out of the bedroom


For more tips on establishing sleep routines, visit raisingchildren.net.au.

How much sleep do kids need?

Sleep needs for children vary at different stages of development, so use the below information as a guide. To learn more about sleep needs and cycles visit raisingchildren.net.au.

  • 0-3 months: 14-17 hours of good quality sleep, including naps during the day
  • 4-11 months: 12-16 hours of good quality sleep, including naps during the day
  • 1-2 years: Toddlers need 11-14 hours of good quality sleep, including naps during the day. It is important to start establishing consistent habits for when you put them to sleep and wake them up each day
  • 3-5 years: Pre-schoolers need 10-13 hours of good quality sleep. This can include a nap, with consistent sleep and wake-up times
  • 5-3 years: uninterrupted 9-11 hours a night
  • 14-17 years: 8-10 hours a night