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How much sleep does my newborn need?

How much sleep should my newborn get?
Submitted by Parents.com Team

It may feel like your baby's sleeping all the time in the first few weeks -- and that's because he pretty much is. Your baby will sleep almost round-the-clock in the beginning. Over time, he'll go down longer at night with distinct naps during the day. Here's an overview of what to expect:

• Newborn to 3 months: 16 hours total, about eight at night and eight during the day

• 3 to 6 months: 14 hours total, about 10 at night and four during daytime naps

• 6 to 12 months: 14 hours total, about 11 at night and three during daytime naps

It's important to remember that these are just guidelines, so if your baby sleeps a little more or less, don't worry. As long as he's content, lively, and growing at a healthy pace, he's likely doing just fine.

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Newborns (less than 2 months) sleep about 16-18 hours a day total, usually 3 or 4 hours at a time between feedings. My newborns never went longer than about 5 hours at this age. At 2-4 months, babies should sleep 4 hours between feedings but are awake a bit more, so total sleep is 14-16 hours a day. See this baby sleep chart for a full breakdown.
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