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how much sleep should my newborn get each day?

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 22 years experience
12-15 hours per day: On average, an infant will sleep roughly 12-15 hours per day. For most babies, that will be a combination of 10-12 hours at night and 2-4 hours of napping throughout the day.
Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
16-20 hours: The textbook newborn sleeps up to 21 hours a day. Not every baby does. Some sleep 12 -16 hours. As long as the baby is happy and growing all is well. If your baby is not sleeping because he/she is unhappy, gassy, then see your pediatrician.
Dr. Stefania Lima
Pediatrics 9 years experience
16-18 hours: Most newborns sleep that much. Just make sure the baby eats at least every four hours, so it might be necessary to wake the baby up.
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 39 years experience
Newborn Sleep: A newborn may sleep 16 to 20 hours per day, some days they sleep less and they "catch up" the next day. Let your baby sleep as long as he wants as long as he are feeding every 2 to 3 hours , and you are getting at least 6 wet diapers per day. Make sure you put your baby on his back to sleep. Use tummy time when he is awake and supervised.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
A lot of sleep!: Newborns don't do much but eat and sleep. For example, a new baby may wake up and cry for 5 minutes, feed for 20 minutes, get burped and a diaper change in another 5 minutes, and sleep the next 2-3 hours; before starting the routine all over again. That adds up to a lot of sleeping.

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