And they wonder why some people take doctors' recommendations with a grain of salt.  The same medical establishment that pushes the Back to Sleep campaign and is now spreading panic over measles (though I mostly blame the media for that) has declared our grandchildren to be out of compliance.

The National Sleep Foundation and the panel of experts has come up with new sleep recommendations for various age groups.  To wit:


I'm all for sleep, and agree that most people don't get enough, myself included.  But did you catch the recommendations for babies?  Newborn to three months, 14-17 hours?  Four to eleven months, 12-15 hours?  Porter wonders if the doctors are recommending drugs or the ol' baseball bat trick to enforce those limits.  I'm pretty sure none of our eight-and-counting grandchildren slept that much in a day.  It's possible our own children did, but I was too sleep-deprived at the time to have established reliable memories.

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Assuming it inclues nap sleep, it doesn't seem all that unreasonable to me. Sure, my kids tend to be more in the "may be appropriate" range, but looking at the article, it seems in general the've included lesser amounts of sleep in the recommended range (infants 4-11 months used to be 14-15 hours, now it's 12-15).

Posted by Janet on Friday, February 06, 2015 at 7:49 am

Well, that's good. It must have been my own sleep-deprived state that made me think your kids didn't sleep nearly that much. :)

Posted by SursumCorda on Friday, February 06, 2015 at 7:54 am
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