How much sleep do babies need?

There’s no question about it – the sleeping patterns of babies are irregular and constantly keep parents on their toes. When a baby is born, their circadian rhythm isn’t yet formed so they can be awake during the night and asleep during the day. A newborn will need up to 16 hours sleep a day, and will wake for 45 -90 minutes only. At 7 weeks, babies typically start to go drift off to sleep earlier and stay asleep for 2-3 hours at the start of the night. By the time your baby is 12 weeks, sleeping stretches can reach up to 6 hours.

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