How Many Hours a Day Does Your Baby or Kid Sleep?

On their "Baby and Children Sleep Chart" Parents says that children ages 5 to 12 generally sleep 10 to 11 hours a night. Evidently they haven't met two of my kids.

It always baffles me when I hear parents say that they put their kids to bed at 7 pm at night and they get them up at six or seven the next morning. Not in my house! If I put my kids to bed at seven they would be poking me in the face between three and four in the morning asking for breakfast. NO THANK YOU!

Every once and while, my 8 and 5 year old kids will sleep 10 or more hours, but even as a baby Matt had a maximum of 9 hours of sleep. That is why this quote from the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford cracks me up.

Generally, newborns sleep about eight to nine hours in the daytime and about eight hours at night. Most babies do not begin sleeping through the night (six to eight hours) without waking until about three months of age, or until they weigh 12 to 13 pounds. 

I don't recall Matt sleeping through the night until he about four or five and had stopped taking naps. Before then I had learned to deal with a baby that would only sleep 9 hours total between the day AND night. 

Elmo's World, The original Ice Age movie, Anastasia and a baby proofed room with a locked door became my best friend. I have a sentimental attachment to both movies now and could watch them over and over again. Elmo though, sorry you cuddly little thing, I still have nightmares of you singing that song on repeat.

It's okay though!

He Loved those movies and would happily play with block while watching them as I dozed in and out of consciousness trying to revive myself from a zombie like state each night. Unless of course it was a night terror night. Then I wasn't getting any sleep because he would make up for those missing hours in his 9 hour stint during the day.

For the longest time I wondered how we created this little superhuman that didn't require sleep!

Then I finally accepted that this is how he was wired. He just doesn't need that much sleep. He still doesn't. The only time he ever sleeps more than  8 or 9 hours is if he gets sick and that is usually in the form of a mid-day nap.

The moral of my random story: If you are a new mom, not EVERY baby or child is going to slumber for hours a day. It happens. Get over it. Sleep when you can and embrace the uniqueness of the superhuman you have created!