Do you believe it! A newborn needs about 16-18 hours of sleep per day.
That’s basically a whole day of sleeping!
They sleep about 8 to 9 hours (the 4-5 Naps they had) in the daytime and about 8 hours at night.
How Much Sleep Is Too Much For A Newborn
In the first 2-3 months, your baby is still growing rapidly and they need lots of sleep for it (16-18hrs per day).
Unless they literally never wakes up to feed (which is highly unlikely), you shouldn’t worry too much.
However, if they are still sleeping a lot beyond the newborn phase, you might need to start worrying about their development.
After 3 months, 13 to 15 hours a day of sleeping is a good average until they are 12 months of age.
They need the awake time to learn skills like how to crawl and roll.
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How To Put A Newborn To Sleep Safely
To reduce Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS):
- Always put babies to sleep on their back, until they learn how to roll.
- Sleep on a firm mattress, as they do not have the strength to push their face away from the things that prevented them to breathe.
- Breastfeeding helps to reduce risk as it improves a baby’s overall health.
- Baby should not sleep in an adult bed to reduce the risk of suffocation.
- Keep baby’s crib free of pillows, blankets, and toys
A newborn needs lots of sleep, some are natural-born sleeper while some needs a little help.
Let them have all the sleep they need in order to grow.
Just remember to provide them a safe environment to sleep in.