How much sleep does my newborn need?

Q: How much sleep should my newborn get?

A: 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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