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How many hours of sleep does my baby need each day?

What are the sleep needs of an infant?

Sleep needs for babies vary depending on their age. While newborns do sleep much of the time, their sleep is in very short segments. As a baby grows, the total amount of sleep gradually decreases, but the length of nighttime sleep increases.

Generally, newborns sleep about eight to nine hours in the daytime and about eight hours at night. Most babies do not begin sleeping through the night (six to eight hours) without waking until about 3 months of age, or until they weigh 12 to 13 pounds. About two-thirds of babies are able to sleep through the night on a regular basis by the age of 6 months.

Babies also have different sleep cycles than adults. Babies spend much less time in rapid eye movement (REM) sleep (which is dream time sleep) and the cycles are shorter. The following are the usual nighttime and daytime sleep requirements for newborns through age 2 years old:

Age Total Sleep Hours Total Hours of Nighttime Sleep Total Hours of Daytime Sleep
Newborn 16 hours 8 to 9 8
1 month 15.5 hours 8 to 9 7
3 months 15 hours 9 to 10 4 to 5
6 months 14 hours 10 4
9 months 14 hours 11 3
1 year 14 hours 11 3
1.5 years 13.5 hours 11 2.5
2 years 13 hours 11 2


What are the signs of infant sleep problems?
Once a baby begins to regularly sleep through the night, parents are often dismayed when he/she begins to awaken in the night again. This typically happens at about 6 months of age. This is often a normal part of development called separation anxiety, when a baby does not understand that separations are temporary. Babies may also begin to have difficulty going to sleep because of separation anxiety, over-stimulation, or over-tiredness.

Common responses of babies experiencing these night awakenings or difficulty going to sleep may include the following:
  • awakening and crying one or more times in the night after previously sleeping through the night
  • crying when you leave the room
  • refusal to go to sleep without a parent nearby
  • clinging to the parent at separation
Because sleep problems may also occur with illness, consult your baby's physician if your baby begins having difficulty going to sleep or staying asleep, especially if this is a new pattern.



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mollyjs - 2159 days ago.
Yeah, I just had to let my son cry it out. It lasted about 15 minutes before he went down. Momma just needs some quiet time. I love being with him all the time but I need my evenings to decompress after he goes to bed. Before that, I can barely set him down. After I go to bed, he will wake up and come sleep with me and thats fine. I love that. I just need this time right now!

heather518 - 2159 days ago.
Well, I guess I figured it out for myself. She's doing better with sleeping now. Thanks guys!

primetime - 2160 days ago.
O My..... My baby is finally sleeping all night. The past 3 nights..... he is going on 5 months old and I can not tell you how great it has been to sleep more than 3 hours at a time. Does it last? I hope so......

heather518 - 2161 days ago.
I'm sorry, but I feel like a huge a-hole for leaving her in there to scream like this. I've been checking on her every 20 minutes or so, but she keeps crying! SHe keeps falling asleep, waking up and screaming, falling asleep, waking up and screaming, etc. To those of you who have tried this 'cry it out method', am I doing the right thing here?? I feel horrible, but I feel even worse because I've been so sleep deprived for the past almost 5 months now. Will it get better??

marisha - 2162 days ago.
my son is 9 months old,and we did the cry it out method with him at 5 months.it worked wonders!! he sleeps so well,without waking until 7 am. i personally think its a good thing ro let them cry it out not only for parents but for the kids too, as they dont cry after they learn how to sooth themselves to sleep.its tough at first,but the results are amazing.at least it was for my child.

RobinG - 2162 days ago.
My hunter needed to sleep curved like (how a baby is in your arms and was in utero) the flat mattress didnt work for him. even slight incline didnt work. I would try a swing to see if it better, he is to young for it to be hurtful. I had the soothing motions glider and it was the dream bed for my son, The sides curved up so he fetl snug in it, when he felt snug as a bug like in my arms he slept so much better. Even though the bed swings if it is flat that may be the concern. My daycare boy had to sleep in his carseat for a bit because it felt most like mommy's arms and like he did in utero. He napped like that here too, like other newborns I care for as well.. some jsut need to feel 'folded a bit' like in utero and in your arms. (())

ElliottnDeclans-mummy - 2162 days ago.
Hi all. I really need some help. My little boy is 24 days old and just will not settle at night. He has been like this since birth and it is really getting us down because as you can imagine we are so tired. He will not go to sleep unless he is in your arms. Once he nods off we put him in his crib, but we are lucky if he lasts more than 5 minutes after that. We thought at first that maybe the mattress was cold and that is what was waking him up, so we tried warming it with a hot water bottle a little while before putting it in, but that doesn't work. It is a swinging crib so we try gently rocking him to sleep, that doesn't work. We have tried swaddling him, that doesn't work. We have tried music, that doesn't work. We really have tried everything we can think of but we are just making no progress. I would really appreciate any advice. I have mentioned this to both the midwife and health visitor but just felt as if they fobbed me off. I know he is tired as you can see it in his eyes but he just will not let himself sleep and continues to fight it. Really don't know what else we can try. We have tried the whole routine thing, bath time, feed time, bed time, but nothing seems to be working.

momentfrozenintime - 2163 days ago.
Also, if this helps, you can google 'Cry it out method' and look at babycenter.com. They also have the 'no tears method' on the same site. Just make sure they are the appropriate age. I thought it might be helpful to some of you all

momentfrozenintime - 2163 days ago.
Hey everybody. I'm wondering if anybody can help or give me some opinions (on my page, please). I have a 3 month old, and although he sleeps mostly through the night, he is very cranky at night. It usually starts around 7 or so, and lasts until he goes to bed. He usually get done eating and goes to bed at 11. Then, he wakes up between 4-5am, and isn't hungry, but once I lay down with him in my arms, he goes right to sleep, but won't lay by himself. I am curious what time he should probably go to bed, and if there is a way I can get him to go to bed earlier since he is cranky without him waking up at like 2am and be up for the rest of the night. And also, what should I do about him waking up in the middle of the night to sleep in someones arms? I am just curious.. any opinions are helpful

RobinG - 2164 days ago.
((())) Co sleeper beds that fit between your pillows are perfect for co sleeping and in countries where co sleeping is most common and often SIDS is almost never heard of so the opposite it true ~ ((()))) We used First Years close and secure sleeper bed. She has been with you for 9 months and it takes time to be able not sleep with you. Although some do good at crib sleeping early on most dont move to their own bed/crib til many weeks or months later ((()))

jess6009 - 2164 days ago.
My daughter is a week old and i'm having trouble getting her to sleep in her own bed. The minute i put her in it she wakes up and cries. I've tried swaddling her, she isn't hungry as i give her a big feed before putting her to bed followed by burping her, i've also tried putting something that smells like me in with her and a clock to mimic a heart beat but nothing is working. I know she is still very young but i'm worried about the risk of sids if she continues to share my bed w me and hubby. Please help!!!

Lillyans Momma - 2167 days ago.
So my daughter is going to be a year old on thanksgiving day. She has never slept through the night. She won't sleep in her crib either. She usually goes to bed around 8:30 - 9. she starts off in her crib. She wakes up somewhere around midnight and wont go back to sleep. I think she sleeping and try to put her in her crib but she starts crying. We all share a room so it makes it much harder. And i can't let her cry because other people dont feel its right and im made to feel quilty. The only way i have been able to get any sleep is to let her sleep with me and nurse when she needs to at night I dont know if itll work for anyone else but ive tried putting her crib right next to our bed. That helped us and my daughter sleep a little bit longer in her crib. Even if it was 20 min more.

jasmine08 - 2171 days ago.
jmcbrown2002- I did exactly the same thing you did. I had my daughter sleep in the pack and play next to my bed. Which was a great idea because she also slept through the whole night at 2 months old. I actually waited until my daughter was 9 months old to put her in her crib in the other room. I knew she was ready when my daughter would stand up and jerk on my dresser drawers. Or when me and my husband would try to you know, she would peek her little eyes over the side and make goo goo noises. That to me was so cute and funny. But Girl ~ Me and my Husband both knew it at that point. My daughter is 21 months old and I have her sleeping in her toddlers bed. She still sleeps through the night and when she wakes up hungry, she walks to my bedroom and yells mommy or daddy eat eat.

heather518 - 2171 days ago.
Ok. I am a single mother of a beautiful 4 month old little girl...who will not sleep through the night OR in her own bed. Meaning she sleeps with me...Some nights she wakes up what seems like 50 times, and those are the nights when I get so frusterated I put her in her own ROOM, shut her door, shut MY door, and let her scream for about an hour and a half because if I don't get some sleep, I'm gonna jump off the roof. I feel like a horrible mother because I feel like she's sitting in the screaming for the entire time I leave her in there so I can sleep. But I don't know what else to do! I feed her, make sure she's burped, make sure she's clean, and I have no one there to help me, so what am I suppose to do, be a zombie until she feels like sleeping through the night? I don't think so! I shouldn't have ever started her sleeping in my bed but I was just so sick of getting up at night, I just shove my boob in her mouth and go back to sleep! Ahh I'm textbook what NOT to do with your child to get them to sleep, and I can't figure out how to fix it!

AussieMum1st - 2173 days ago.
Sorry the more I read of your comments the more I think the book Save our Sleep will help you. My heart goes out to the sleepless mothers!

AussieMum1st - 2173 days ago.
Hi, I know it is hard to change from bassinette to crib, I loved having my daughter in our room too in her bassinette but did move her at the age of 3 months into her own room. She is now in her crib since 4 months. Though it was a process of easing her into it. I put her bassinette in her crib for a week then took it out and put her in the crib, they need a slow transition. They say though to do it before 6 months of age as they are aware of their surroundings and it will get harder. If it helps also put something with their smell into the crib so they get used to it. It sounds really hard but you may have to let her have a bit of a cry and put herself to sleep. I swear by this book i have been using since my daughter was born - Save our Sleep, by Tizzie Hall, it has lots of great ideas and it makes sense. Hope this helps. Only their own Mum knows best though so go with what you feel is right.

boady - 2184 days ago.
my baby is the same he is going on 11 months and has yet to sleep a good solid 4 hours. I don't know why I just think some babies just aren't good sleepers but you'll be happy to know they do sleep through the night aventually. My middle son was the same he's 12 now but he didn't sleep through the night until he was about 2

ZEPHYR - 2184 days ago.
PLEASE HELP!!! MY BABY IS 7 1/2 MONTHS OLD, AND HAS NOT SLEPT SINCE THE DAY HE WAS BORN (ALMOST LITERALLY)... HE IS BREASTFED AND STILL WAKES UP EVERY 1 - 2 HOURS. I HAVE TRIED EVERYTHING BUT THE SCREAMING METHOD WHICH I REALLY DONT WANT TO RESORT TO... HE WPNT DRINK WATER AT NIGHT EITHER. HE IS ON AVERAGE A HAPPY CHILD, ALTHOUGH SOMEWHAT CLINGY... HE IS STILL BREASTFED AND HAS NEVER ATE MORE THAN 3 OUNCES IN ONE SITTING, WHICH THE DR SAYS IS NORMAL. HE IS DOING FANTASTIC ON SOLID FOODS, BUT I CANT BREAK HIM OF WAKING UP AT NIGHT!!! HE EVEN WONT TAKE MUCH OF A NAP DURING THE DAY EITHER!! HE TAKES 2-3 20-30 MINUTE NAPS A DAY. ANY SUGGESTIONS OR SUPPORT IS GREATLY NEEDED!!! I DESPERATELY NEED SOME SLEEP!!


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