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How Much Sleep Does My Baby Need?

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One of the most common questions new parents have is about their baby and sleep. It usually has something to do with a parent’s worry that their baby is not getting enough sleep or is not yet sleeping through the night. These are valid concerns.

Newborn babies do not have much of a sleep pattern due to the fact that they do not yet have an internal biological clock, or what is known as a circadian rhythm. By 6 weeks of age, your baby may be showing some signs of having a pattern, as they will sleep for longer stretches of time and the day/night confusion will go away. After 3 months, naps are set on a schedule that includes a morning, early afternoon and late afternoon. As the baby gets to be about 6 months the afternoon naps combine and baby has only 2 naps per day. That follows through to the first birthday.

Here are some general guidelines for how much sleep your baby should be getting. While some babies may get a little more and some get less, these numbers are considered a healthy range of time for sleep at these ages.

Newborns:

  • 8 1/2 hours of sleep at night(not all in one stretch);
  • 3 naps of about 7 hours;
  • for a total of 15 1/2 hours of sleep.

3-month-olds:

  • 10 hours of sleep at night;
  • 3 naps of about 5 hours;
  • for a total of 15 hours of sleep.

6-month-olds:

  • 11 hours of sleep at night;
  • 2 naps of about 3 1/4 hours;
  • for a total of 14 1/4 hours of sleep.

9-month-olds:

  • 11 hours of sleep at night;
  • 2 naps of about 3 hours;
  • for a total of 14 hours of sleep.

12-month-olds:

  • 11 1/4 hours of sleep at night;
  • 2 naps of about 2 1/2 hours;
  • for a total of 13 3/4 hours of sleep.

Sources:
* The National Sleep Foundation
* CDC

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