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Normal Hours of Sleep


Sleep patterns of babies vary greatly. For first few months a baby sleeps most of the time. An average 16 hours of sleep is needed for a baby but this is not a hard and fast rule. Read on.


How many hours should my baby sleep in a day?

According to a textbook formula, a newborn baby should sleep an average of sixteen and a half hours a day. If your baby sleeps for just 10 hours a day or for around 23 hours, there is no need for concern as long as your baby seems healthy in every way. The 16 and 1/2 hours of sleep is what is expected from an average baby. This average takes into account those babies that sleep for less than the prescribed time and those who sleep much more. It really depends on each individual baby's degree of wakefulness.


For how long should my baby nap in the day?

Even after your baby begins to sleep through the night, she will require one or two naps during the day. By the time she is a year old, a set pattern for her naps will emerge. Some babies nap right after breakfast, mid-morning, after lunch or in the late afternoon. Their naps can be even as short as 20 minutes and as long as two to four hours. Napping depends on each baby's individual needs.


Do bottle-fed babies sleep better than breastfed ones?

Breastfed newborns need sustenance more frequently than bottle-fed babies. Breastfed babies get hungry about every two hours which interferes with their ability to sleep through the night. Bottle-fed babies have a four hour feeding schedule. Thus, they will probably sleep through the night by about three months.


How is the sleep pattern of newborn babies?

Although, newborn babies require at least 16 and ½ hours of sleep, they may not sleep for long hours at a stretch. Throughout the day and night they may take short naps of two to four hours to complete their need of sleep. They are unable to sleep for the long hours at a stretch as a result of neurological developments taking place in them. However, this is temporary and babies outgrow this habit too.


When do babies being to sleep for long hours at a stretch?

As mentioned above, newborn babies will continue to get-up at the middle of night after the short naps of two to four hours. They will go back to sleep after their needs like feeding, nappy changing and comforting are fulfilled. This routine will continue even after the period of 7 to 9 weeks. Some babies may get up at night less frequently if diapers, nappy pads or nappy liners are used. However, you must consult your doctor to find out how diapers, nappy pads or nappy liners should be used in order to prevent diaper rashes and other discomforts caused to babies.

Some babies begin to sleep for long hours at a stretch after 5 to 8 months. They may being to sleep for 6, 8 or even 12 hours at stretch. However, some baby may continue to take short naps and take their own time to develop the habit of sleeping through night. If you are not lucky enough your baby may even take a year to being sleeping through night. But there is no need to worry. As the time passes, things will fall in to place automatically.

In the beginning it may seem overwhelming for you due to sleep deprivation but that will seem to be a negligible thing for you when you will hold your little angel in your arms. Enjoy this phase thoroughly as this time will never come back.

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Niyati.3 years ago
A baby should have a average sleep of 13-14 hours,depending on how old is your baby!

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fatima.5 years ago
my baby hardly sleeps for 2 hours... is there some way out if c cud sleep for longer??
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shruthi.7 years ago
whatever may be the situation, until unless specifically told by your doctor, one shouldn't bottle feed your babies. breast feed is the best, all you have to give is this six months of your life for a very healthy and strong baby.
 
 
 
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Anjana.8 years ago
i have twin babies and both have different sleeping schedules. specially at nights, it becomes very difficult for me to sleep.
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Mom of 3.8 years ago
bottle-fed babies do not sleep better than breast fed. i nursed our first, a girl, she slept through the night and took naps. both boys however, would not sleep, not through the night and rarely a nap. people told me it was because i nursed, so i gave a bottle. they would still get up. i tried cereal in the formula, letting them "cry it out", a jar of food, absolute quiet, a nightlight, a noise-machine (sounds of the ocean, womb,...) no matter the amount of food or the lack of naps during the day. they do not sleep through the night. i do not smoke, drink, or consume anything with caffine or artificial flavors or coloring. don't listen to the breast vs. bottle debate. every child is different. i can say that my children have only been sick once in two years- so if you want to give credit to nursing-my sister's children (bottle fed) are always sick. her son also does not sleep well.
 
 
 
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namitha.8 years ago
my cute little one wakes up two three times at night..the intervals are quite less now a days
 
 
 
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ranjani.8 years ago
my baby is 7 weeks old.she is not at all sleeping.tried many ways.is that ok if baby does not sllep.
 
 
 
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Anusha.3 years ago
Hi ranjani i had the same problem with my second lil one but as everybody each kids are different it took 3 weeks for my baby to get settled even i tried all patterns dont worry by 4 months they will get settled also check if your bf is enough
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Seema.8 years ago
although every child is different, most cases of early waking or middle of the night waking can be attributed to a specific problem. with my kids it was wet diapers. i could guarantee that once my son wet his pants, he would start crying till i went in and changed him. double diapering quickly solved this problem and now he sleeps through the entire night without even stirring.
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Seema.8 years ago
i'm still one of those mothers who believes that scheduling is number one when it comes to importance. without fail irregardless of whether of not i put the babies to bed or a babysitter is over putting the babies to bed for the night, diapers are religously changed at around 7:00 p.m. after the diaper changing is done the children have about half an hour or so before they are put in their cribs. this is followed by a story then it's nighty nite. i have found that just by creating a regular set routine ecpecially during the evening, my children sleep and function better.
 
 
 
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JO.8 years ago
you will know when it is feding time with breastfed babies because your breast start to hurt when it is feeding time
 
 
 
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