Newborn Sleep: How Much Should a Newborn Sleep?
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
How Many Hours Do Newborns Sleep
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.
Lumi by Pampers™ is the world's first all-in-one connected care system. It automatically tracks your baby's sleep 24/7 giving you helpful insight into their naps and how long they sleep each day. With this information, you can start to see patterns emerge, and better understand how to help your baby get into a regular sleeping routine.
What's more, Lumi also tracks room temperature and humidity, and alerts you when your baby has a wet diaper so you can rest assured knowing they are comfortable, safe and not sleeping restlessly because he needs a diaper change. Find out more about this video baby monitor and activity sensor in one here.
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).
Sleep in Your Baby's First Year
Here is a rough guide to sleep by age:
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