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Can a newborn sleep too much?

Can a newborn sleep too much?

Possibly: A baby should have wakeful periods between feeds that increase as baby gets older. If you have to wake baby up to feed, even after 4 hours, there may time for concern. ...Read more

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Dr. Ira Katz
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Neonatal (Definition)

The term neonatal is generally used to describe events that occur with an infant within the first 30 days after birth.Some practitioners are looser with the definition & extend the ...Read more


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Is my newborn sleeping to much?

Is my newborn sleeping to much?

Normal sleep in nb: The answers vary but normal sleep in newborn term infant is between 16-20 hours. By 3 months this can decrease to 14-16 hours. ...Read more

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New baby/how to get newborn to sleep?

New baby/how to get newborn to sleep?

These things...: Swaddling, rocking, soft sounds such as humming or singing, sucking , make sure they are clean and well fed. ...Read more

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Is it okay for my newborn to sleep in a crib?

Is it okay for my newborn to sleep in a crib?

Crib is ok: A crib is fine. It must meet safety standards so be careful of used cribs avoiding any built in the 1970's or earlier. Those have crib spindles/slats that are too widely spaced and may have lead paint. Also check for any mfg recalls. No bumpers, pillows, toys should be in the crib. A blanket snuggly swaddled around baby is fine but no other blankets. Check at www.Aap.Org for all crib safety tips. ...Read more

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How many hours should my newborn be sleeping?

How many hours should my newborn be sleeping?

16-22 hours: Newborns sleep a lot, but not for long stretches at a time. Newborns need to eat every 3 hours or so (and sometimes more frequently) so between eating, changing their diapers and putting them down it doesn't allow for a long continuous stretch of sleep. By 3 months most babies can go 6 hours (at night) and some may even sleep through the night by 4 months! ...Read more

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How much sleep should my newborn get each day?

How much sleep should my newborn get each day?

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. ...Read more

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For each day how much should a newborn baby sleep?

Total sleep time: Is ~18 hours/day, in 2-4 hour naps. Infants have more rem sleep than adults. Co-sleeping increases chances of parents' misinterpreting brief arousals as awakenings requiring feeds. To promote consolidation of sleep, stable pm bedtime, appropriate sleep associations (falling asleep in own bed in own room), & allowing self-regulation ( infant calms himself back to sleep) should be in place by 3 mo. ...Read more

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How long should my newborn baby sleep during daytime?

16-20hrs: Nothing is written in stone but the usual sleep time is 16. To 20 hrs per day not all at once of course. Interesting also crying time is usually 1 to 2 hours per day. Again not all at once even though it might seem that way! ...Read more

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When will my newborn b able to sleep through the night?

When will my newborn b able to sleep through the night?

6 months: The majority of babies will sleep through the night by 6 months. We consider 6-8 hours as sleeping through the night. ...Read more

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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more