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Bedtime routine for your baby

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YOUR NEW BABY (LESS THAN 2 MONTHS) AND SLEEP

At first, your new baby is on a 24-hour feeding and sleep-wake cycle. Newborns may sleep between 10 and 18 hours a day, staying awake only 1 to 3 hours at a time.

Signs that your baby is becoming sleepy include:

  • Crying
  • Eye rubbing
  • Fussiness

Try putting your baby to bed sleepy, but not yet asleep.

To encourage your newborn to sleep more at night rather than during the day:

  • Expose your newborn to light and noise during the daytime
  • As evening or bedtime approaches, dim the lights, keep things quiet, and reduce the amount of activity around your baby
  • When your baby wakes up at night to eat, keep the room dark and quiet during these feedings.

Sleeping with a baby younger than 12 months may increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

YOUR INFANT (3 - 12 MONTHS) AND SLEEP

By age 4 months, your child might sleep for up to 6 to 8 hours at a time. Between ages 6 and 9 months, most children will sleep for 10 to 12 hours. During the first year of life, it is common for babies to take one to four naps a day, each lasting 30 minutes to 2 hours.

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Review Date: 11/12/2010
Reviewed By: Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

A.D.A.M., Inc. is accredited by URAC, also known as the American Accreditation HealthCare Commission (www.urac.org)