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How Long Should Children Sleep

Put your knowledge of sleep for your little one to the test with this quickfire quiz. Make a note of your answers as you go, then check how many you got right at the end. Complete the quiz to move on to the next article.

4 mins to read Aug 12, 2021

1. Complete the sentence: If my child sleeps for fewer than __ hours in a day, his risk of health problems increases.
a) 5 hours
b) 7 hours
c) 10 hours
d) 12 hours

2. Complete the sentence: Sleep problems occur in __ of your little one
a) 5-10%
b) 10-20%
c) 20-30%
d) 30-40%

3. True or false? Having a TV or other electronics in your child’s room can cause him to sleep less.
a) True
b) False

4. Which of the following are possible benefits of your child having a consistent sleep routine?
a) Less crying
b) Fewer sleep problems (day and night)
c) More sleep
d) All of the above

5. True or false? At 8 to 10 months old, breastfed children tend to wake up more frequently at night than formula-fed children.
a) True
b) False

Count up how many you got right to rate your child-sleep IQ


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Last revised: November, 2017