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.