How Much Should I Expect My Baby to Sleep?
One of the most frequent questions that our sleep specialist at Seven Oaks Sleep Science is asked is in regards to how much a new parent should expect their baby to sleep, especially during the first year of the child’s life. While each baby is different–and parents will have to work with their child to determine their schedule and develop a routine that works for everyone–here’s an idea of how much sleep the average baby should get–
The First Three Months
Any parent of a newborn will tell you that the first few weeks are often the easiest – brand new parents are often shocked by how much babies sleep! Indeed, during the first four to six week of your baby’s life, expect them to sleep between 16 and 17 hours a day! (However, you will still have to get up for nighttime feedings). After this, the amount of sleep that they need will slowly drop off, and by age three months, sleep should be a little more organized (i.e. naps during the day and sleeping at night) rather than a constant state of snoozing.
Age Three to Six Months
Once your child reached three months of age, they will probably require a little bit less sleep than they did during the first few weeks of life. However, these youngsters still sleep quite a bit – about 15 hours on average. The good news is that around four-six months of age, your baby will (hopefully) start sleeping for longer periods of uninterrupted sleep. Also around this age, you can start night weaning, which is when you stop feeding your baby during the nighttime. You can also expect your baby to follow somewhat of a sleep schedule at this point.
Six to Nine Months
By the time your baby reaches six to nine months of age, there is a very good chance that they will be sleeping through the night, and taking a couple of good naps during the day. Remember that even though your baby is a lot bigger and more independent now, they still need plenty of sleep. In fact, most babies need 11 to 12 hours at night, and two naps totalling another 2-3 hours. If your child is still having difficulty sleeping and you haven’t implemented sleep training, now’s the time to speak with a professional.
Nine Months to a Year
At a year old, your baby should be able to sleep through the night without any complications. Naps are still a must between nine and 12 months, but feeding during the night and constant wake-ups or diaper changes shouldn’t be an issue. If they are, please give us a call!
Contact Seven Oaks Sleep Science to Learn More
If you are a new parent, understanding your child’s sleep needs is essential, and developing a sleep schedule and learning about sleep training early on can be very helpful. To learn more, please contact Seven Oaks Sleep Science. We can provide over-the-phone consultations to help you and your family develop sleep schedules that work.