Like eating, good sleeping habits are learned. The first step is to know that a child’s sleeping patterns are very different from an adult’s. Most newborns sleep up to 18 hours in a day, but they do so in short bursts. Toddlers sleep around 14 hours; 11 at night and the rest in 1 - 2 naps during the day. Most children this age go to bed sometime between 7 and 9 p.m.