Your Newborn's Sleep Schedule
How Long Should My Newborn Sleep?
During the first 10 to 14 days, most newborns will sleep more than they do anything else (as much as 18 to 22 hours a day). Some babies, on the other hand, are awake for longer periods of time with no apparent problems. In either case, it is best to allow your child to determine the amount of sleep wanted and needed.
What Sleep Position is Best for My Newborn?
The American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends that infants be placed on their backs or sides when sleeping. These positions have been shown to reduce the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) in infants.
When positioning your infant on the side, place a rolled blanket behind the back to keep him/her in place. Never use a pillow in the infant’s bassinet or crib.
When Will My Baby Begin Sleeping Through the Night?
Babies may start sleeping through the night around 2 to 4 months of age or when they have reached about 12 to 15 pounds of weight. Some babies start sooner.
You may have heard that starting solid food will make a baby sleep through the night. There is no evidence that this is true.
We recommend that you do not routinely hold or rock your baby until he/she falls asleep. You should put the baby down when sleepy and allow him/her to fall asleep alone. This will allow the baby to learn to go to sleep without stimulation; therefore, should the baby wake up at night, he/she may go back to sleep without your assistance.