Newborn sleep: How much should a newborn sleep?

Newborn sleep:  How much should a newborn sleep?

Newborn babies sleep for more than 16 hours a day in 3 or 4 hours bursts, find out how to keep your sleeping baby safe and make this busy period as easy as possible.

It’s been a long day at the hospital. Your new baby is probably snuggling up to you for her first small sleeps and she’ll be at it for a while.

“I never realized how much skin-to skin contact with my baby mattered. When it’s time for bed and she feels distressed, we spend some time touching, reassuring, and she quickly calms down.” Germaine, Mom of Amos, 3 months

During the first few weeks, newborns can sleep up to 16-20 hours a day in 3-4 hour stretches. Make sure they sleep safely and peacefully by:

  • Placing baby to sleep on her back on a firm surface.
  • Keeping extras like pillows, stuffed animals, and comforters out of the crib.
  • Sleeping near baby but not in the same bed.
  • Maintaining room temperature at the low to mid-twenties Celsius (around 22 ºC) or around 70F.

Mom Tips:

  • Help your baby to learn the difference between night and day by keeping light dimmed during the night and bright during the day.
  • Always feed and change baby’s diaper right before bed.
  • Newborns spend so much time on their backs sleeping so it is important to give them plenty of time on their tummies, or in an upright position when they are awake.
  • Avoid unnecessary wake-ups by choosing a diaper that’s comfortable and gives lasting dryness, like Pampers Swaddlers.
  • Your newborn will need to eat approximately every three hours, around the clock. But don’t worry, over time she will learn to go longer between feeds and sleep longer overnight (with a few naps during the day).

Here is a rough guide to sleep by age:

  • Newborn: 16-20 hours per day
  • 6 Weeks: 15-16 hours per day
  • 4 Months: 9-12 hours plus 2 naps
  • 6 Months: 11 hours plus 2 naps
  • 9 Months: 11-12 hours plus 2 naps
  • 1 Year: 10-11 hours plus 2 naps
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nancyr 8/24/2015

Should we wake them up to feed or let them wake on their own?

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