How Many Hours Of Sleep

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Jen - January 17

How many hours should my 6 week old be sleeping per day? From birth to about 3 weeks he slept constantly, waking only to eat every 2-4 hours and staying up for about an hour per waking. Then he began staying awake for most of the day from 3 weeks to 5 weeks and sleeping longer at night. Now at 6 weeks he is back to the first schedule...is this normal?

 

Christy - January 18

I think they will be constantly chaning it up on us. Ben's sleep patterns are erratic at best. Some days he sleep 14-15 hours, others only 10-12. He will sleep about 4-5 hours at night, but that is down from his 6-7 hour stretches around weeks 5-6. I think that at 6 weeks, they should be sleeping around 16 hours a day, give or take an hour or two. I think your baby may be in a growth spurt rightnow and sleeping a lot because his little body is using all of his energy to grow. He may start waking up more again in a day or more. As long as he isn't lethargic, and wakes up to eat, I think he is normal. If you're still worried, though, then you should call your doctor. :)

 

Christy - January 18

BTW- Ben is 10 weeks old.

 

Barb - January 18

Jen...every baby is different, but according to the Baby Center website....a 1mo. old baby should get around 8 1/2 hrs. night time sleep, 7 hrs. day time sleep (3 naps), for a total of 15 1/2hrs. sleep........a 3 mo. old baby should get 10hr. night time sleep, 5hrs. daytime sleep (3 naps) for a total of 15hr. a day.....like I said,everyone's different so as long as your baby is somewhere in those "guidelines" he should be just fine . Trinity sleeps about 9hrs. at night then she gets up for 20 minutes to eat and be changed and she's back to sleep for another 3 hrs.....then she naps every 2-3hrs. for about 30 minutes. but everyday is always just a little bit different : )

 

Barb - January 18

oops...Trinity is 3 mo. old....forgot to mention that...LOL...

 

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