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How much will my newborn baby sleep?

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A lot, at first -- as much as 16 hours a day. But not all at once. Newborns usually sleep for 1 to 2 hours at a time. By 6 months, many babies sleep 6 hours a night.

Use these tips to help your little one snooze:

  • When she fusses at night, wait a minute or two to see if she calms herself down and goes back to sleep.
  • Be quiet during nighttime feedings or diaper changes. Try not to wake her up too much.
  • Be active and play during the day, so she stays awake for longer periods. That can gradually help her sleep more at night.

SOURCES:

HealthyChildren.org: "Bonding With Your Baby," "Getting Your Baby to Sleep," "Making Sure Your Baby Is Getting Enough Milk," "Umbilical Cord Care,"  "The Circumcised Penis," "Reduce the Risk of SIDS."

Kidshealth.org: "A Guide for First Time Parents," "Formula Feeding FAQs: How Much and How Often," Diaper Rash."

Mayo Clinic: “Diaper rash.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on February 03, 2019

SOURCES:

HealthyChildren.org: "Bonding With Your Baby," "Getting Your Baby to Sleep," "Making Sure Your Baby Is Getting Enough Milk," "Umbilical Cord Care,"  "The Circumcised Penis," "Reduce the Risk of SIDS."

Kidshealth.org: "A Guide for First Time Parents," "Formula Feeding FAQs: How Much and How Often," Diaper Rash."

Mayo Clinic: “Diaper rash.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on February 03, 2019

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