How much and how long your baby sleeps is going to depend on your baby and your parenting style. Some babies sleep lots, some not much. Some sleep in big bursts (long sleeps but not a lot of them) and others have short catnaps throughout the day. And some have high sleep needs while others have low sleep needs. The other factor is you. Are you happy to just take the day as it comes or have you layed down a schedule for your baby? (more…)
Here are two routine samples for around the 8 week – 2 month mark. While some babies still won’t have any recognizable routine by this age (don’t panic!) some are starting to fall into a pattern. This pattern isn’t always predictable and can change day by day, but if you pay attention you may notice:
- You can learn when your baby has preferences for feeding or sleeping
- You can see when patterns start to emerge
- You can track bed times and morning wake times
- You can track the number of feedings your baby has per day without having to guess
- You will be encouraged when when see those night time sleeps start to extend! (more…)
How much sleep should you baby be getting in a 24 hour period?
While babies will vary in how much day sleep and night sleep they are getting, they usually all average out to about the same amount of sleep in a 24 hour period. So, if you have a great night sleeper, you might find that they only have short or infrequent naps during the day. Or, if you have a great day time napper, you might have issues with night sleeping, or a baby that goes down quite late at night. (more…)
How long babies sleep overnight varies quite significantly from baby to baby, and when they finally sleep through the night will also vary significantly.
In this article is a graph that will show you averages of how long a baby will sleep overnight. You will see that in the early months the number of hours is very low, this is because baby still needs to be fed quite often. As they grow older they require less overnight feeds and the number of hours of uninterupted sleep will lengthen. (more…)