It is every mom’s question: how long should my baby sleep for?
Your baby’s needs are constantly changing as he grows, find below a guideline for how much sleep your baby needs at his age.
How Long Should My Baby Sleep?
0 – 3 months old baby:
A baby of 0 – 3 months old should get a total of 14 – 17 hours sleep over a 24 hour period. At this young age it is unlikely that your baby will be in a set routine, instead your baby should be sleeping in 2 – 4 hours at a time. When your baby wakes up you can feed, burp, change and soothe your baby.
Your baby should sleep for 8 – 12 hours at night with the rest of the sleep occurring during the day – usually over 2 – 5 naps.
4 – 6 months old baby:
A baby of 4 – 6 months old should get a total of 12 – 16 hours sleep over a 24 hour period. Your baby should be settling more into a set routine at this age. Your baby may sleep through the night by this time and should be sleeping for 5 to 6 hours at a time at night, with about 3 naps during the day. This means your baby will be sleeping more at night than during the day at this age.
7 – 12 months old baby:
A baby of 7 – 12 months should also need a total of 12 – 16 hours of sleep. The different is that your baby will be sleeping for longer stretches at night, sometimes for as long as 10 to 12 hours, and have less sleep during the day. Babies of this age usually have 2 day naps.
Are you struggling with getting your baby to sleep? I know the feeling! My daughter only slept through the night for the first time at 3 years old. Until then she woke up every 2 – 3 hours every single night. Her day naps were short and it took me longer to get her to sleep than she slept for.
It was nothing short of exhausting!
All these posts on sleep are researched because of my struggles with my daughter.
I hope you don’t struggle with your child like we did!
What has your experience been with your baby’s sleep? Leave a comment to join in the discussion.