How long should baby be sleeping?

thelaboroflove.com suggests that your baby should have the following amount of sleep:

  • birth to 6 or 7 weeks: Newborns sleep between 16 and 20 hours a day.
  • 1 month to 3 months: Babies at this stage will need to sleep around 8 hours at night, and another 8 hours during the day, for a total of around 16 hours.
  • 3 months to 6 months: During this stage, nighttime sleep increases and daytime sleep decreases. Your baby will probably sleep for about 10 hours at night, and need between 3 and 5 hours during the day.
  • 6 months to 9 months: Babies at this age will sleep even more at night. Nighttime sleep will be around 11 hours. Daytime sleep will drop down to between 2 and 3 1/2 hours.
  • 9 months to 1 year: Nighttime sleep stays steady at 11 hours. Daytime sleep may drop off slightly, from 2 to 3 hours.
  • 1 year to 18 months. Here, they may add a little time sleeping at night, around 11 1/2 hours total. Daytime sleep drops to between 1 and 2 hours, where it will stay until after they are around 4 years old (or whenever they stop taking naps).
  • 18 months to 3 years. Nighttime sleep will drop around half an hour every six months, so that at 3 years your baby will be sleeping around 10 1/2 hours a night. Daytime sleep will stay around the same.

4 responses to “How long should baby be sleeping?”

  1. My little boy is 7-8 weeks old. He sleeps very little. He sleeps about 10 hours in total for the day and night. Should I be concerned? Suggestions to help him sleep well would be appreciated.

  2. Hi ExhaustedMom

    Have you been to a clinic or the doctor? Every baby is different and some just don’t stick to whatever is considered “normal” but if he has other symptoms it is best to have him checked out!

    My daughter stopped sleeping out of the blue and it turned out she had an ear infection. As parents, sometimes, we don’t want to rush to the doctor. He may just need a little help to get better 😉

    Some things you may need to ask yourself is:
    1. Has he been picking up the right amount of weight according to his age?
    2. Is he happy or does he cry alot?

    Listen to what others say but also remember to trust your “mommy” instinct!

    The first few months you will definitely feel quite tired especially if you are breastfeeding. Remember to try and find some time for yourself!

    Good Luck! Tell us what happens!

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    Concerned father

    My baby is 9 months going to 10. She normaly eats purity or cerelac & de formula milk (nan 2). But today she started vomiting everything dat she eats. Should i b worried?

    1. Hi Concerned father.

      It is always terrible to see our children sick. I would definitely say better to be safe than sorry – visit the doctor.

      If she has a high temperature, that is generally a warning sign. If she has a high temperature and the fever does not break, don’t wait – take her immediately.

      Hope this helps!

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