Baby Sleep Basics: Birth to 3 months
Newborns sleep a lot: 16 to 17 hours a day! Newborns sleep for 2 to 4 hours, every 2 hours, day and night. By 8 weeks, your baby will sleep less during the day and more at night. Most babies sleep through the night by 4 to 6 months
Tips to help your newborn sleep:
Tip #1: Take a nap
Give your baby a chance to nap every 2 hours. Your baby may have trouble falling asleep if you wait longer.
Tip #2: Day and Night
At 2 weeks, you can begin to teach your baby to distinguish day from night.
During the day: Interact with baby as much as you can. Keep your home and baby’s room light and bright. Don't worry about regular daytime noises – let ’em rip.
At night: Dim the lights. Keep noise level low. Keep energy calm. Don't play with baby during night wakings.
Tip #3: Read the signs
Rubbing eyes, pulling ears, fussy – these are signs your baby is tired. Time for a nap!
Tip #4: Swaddle
Swaddling calms newborns because it feels like being in the womb
Tip #5: Play soothing sounds
White noise mimics calms newborns. Try a white noise machine or an app on your phone.
Sleep can be tough the first 3 months. Luckily, at 6 to 8 weeks many babies begin to fall asleep on their own.
5 tips to help your baby sleep
- Take naps
- Distinguish between day and night
- Look for signs of sleepiness
- Play soothing sounds