If you are worried that your child is not getting enough sleep, sometimes it may not be a big deal. Some kids are simply natural short sleepers and it doesn't have a negative effect on their health or growth. But just be on the lookout for these signs of sleep deprivation - crankiness, aggressiveness, hyperactivity, difficulty paying attention, a reluctance to wake up in the morning, a tendency to fall asleep during daily activities, or a habit of sleeping two to three extra hours on weekends. If you see any of these symptoms on your child, you should help him get more sleep by limiting caffeine and exercise a few hours before bedtime, keeping TV and computer out of the bedroom, and sticking to a regular sleep and wake routine.
- Birth to 2 months -- 10 1/2 to 18 hours
- 2 to 12 months -- 14 to 15 hours
- 1 to 3 years -- 12 to 14 hours
- 3 to 5 years -- 11 to 13 hours
- 5 to 12 years -- 10 to 11 hours