Tricks to Help You and Your Baby Get Better Sleep

Keep Age in Mind

Keep Age in Mind

Babies’ sleep needs change frequently as they grow. They start out not sleeping much at night, resorting to several small naps over a 24-hour period. Eventually, as they start figuring out the whole night and day thing, the majority of their sleep starts to shift toward nighttime and they don’t need as much sleep during the day.

Here is the general sleep pattern that most babies follow as they grow:

  • Newborns – will need about 8 hours of sleep during the day, and just about 8.5 hours of sleep at night.
  • 1 month – will need between 6 and 7 hours of sleep during the day and 8 to 9 hours of sleep at night for a total 14 to 16 hours.
  • 3 months – will need between 4 and 5 hours of sleep during the day and 10 to 11 hours of sleep at night for a total of 14 to 16 hours.
  • 6 months – will need about 3 hours of sleep during the day and 11 hours of sleep at night.
  • 9 months – will need 2.5 hours of sleep during the day and 11 hours of sleep at night. This phase will likely last until your baby is about 2.5 or 3 years old.

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