Why do newborns sleep a lot?
Newborn babies sleep. A lot. You may not have been prepared for just how much time your newborn will spend sleeping. Often during the day.
Whilst your baby was in the womb, the majority of their time was spent sleeping. This is because they were warm and cosy, surrounded by water lulled by the distant sound of your muffled voice, rocked as you moved.
Once your baby is born they will continue this pattern and can sleep for up to 18 hours a day, waking to feed and dirty their nappy.
How long will my newborn baby sleep for?
Most babies will sleep for up to 2 hours at a time. This is fine in the daytime but can be hard for new parents to adjust to in the night.
Can newborns sleep too much?
As long as your baby is waking to feed every few hours and is producing wet and dirty nappies there is no reason to be concerned.
When will my baby start to sleep for longer?
From 6 to 8 weeks old most babies will start to change their sleeping patterns. They will sleep for shorter periods during the day and longer periods during the night. However they will still wake to feed during the night. Some will wake more than others.
They will also have shorter periods of light sleep and longer periods of deeper sleep.
When will be baby be able to sleep through the night?
Between 4 and 6 months of age babies are capable of lasting a longer stretch of up to 12 hours. This is otherwise known as “sleeping through the night”! Some babies sleep through the night from a very early age and some don’t do this until much later. Some babies will continue to wake during the night into their toddler years. Note: If your baby is a sleeper through from an early age, you might want to play this down in front of your sleep starved mum friends!