Table of contents:
- How many hours should the baby sleep
- Is it normal when the baby sleeps a lot?
- What to do if your baby sleeps a lot
Although babies spend most of their time sleeping, the truth is that they don't sleep many hours in a row, as they wake up often to feed. However, from 6 months onwards, the baby can sleep almost all night without waking up.
Some babies sleep more than others and may not even wake up for meals, and it can take up to 6 months for the baby to establish its own circadian rhythm. If the mother suspects that the baby sleeps more than usual, it is best to go to the pediatrician to see if there is a problem.
How many hours should the baby sleep
The time the baby spends sleeping depends on age and growth rate:
|Age||Number of hours of sleep per day|
|Newborn||16 to 20 hours total|
|1 month||16 to 18 hours total|
|2 months||15 to 16 hours total|
|4 months||9 to 12 hours a night + two naps during the day of 2 to 3 hours each|
|6 months||11 hours a night + two naps during the day of 2 to 3 hours each|
|9 months||11 hours a night + two naps during the day of 1 to 2 hours each|
|1 year||10 to 11 hours a night + two naps during the day of 1 to 2 hours each|
|2 years||11 hours a night + a daytime nap of about 2 hours|
|3 years||10 to 11 hours a night + a 2-hour nap during the day|
The number of hours of sleep may vary due to the rate of development of the baby. Learn more about the time your baby needs to sleep.
Is it normal when the baby sleeps a lot?
Baby may sleep more than usual simply because of its growth rate, when the first teeth are coming in or in rarer cases due to an illness such as jaundice, infections or after certain medical procedures, such as circumcision.
Also, if the baby is stimulated a lot during the day, he may become very tired and fall asleep despite being hungry. If the mother notices that the baby sleeps too much, she must ensure that the baby does not have any he alth problems, taking him to the pediatrician.
What to do if your baby sleeps a lot
If the baby does not have any he alth problems, you can try:
- Take the baby for a walk during the day, exposing him to natural light;
- Develop a quiet routine at night, which may include a bath and massage;
- Try to remove a few layers of clothing, so that he is less hot and wakes up when he is hungry;
- Touch the face with a damp cloth or lift it to burp before moving it to the other breast;
If the baby is gaining weight steadily after a few weeks, but still sleeping a lot, it may just be perfectly normal. The mother should take advantage of this time to catch up on her sleep.