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How much sleep does your baby need?

How much sleep does your baby need?

by: Dr. Sorabh Goel
Consultant - Neonatology-Paras Bliss, Panchkula

Sleeping is one of the best things that humans have. Be it an infant, a child or an adult, sleeping is a relaxing and energy-grabbing exercise but in babies, the privilege is more. But there is a prescribed amount of sleep that needs to be taken in any age.

As a new parent, you are bound to wonder if your baby is getting enough sleep. New-borns usually sleep through 16-17 hours in a day. With passing time, this sleep gap keeps lowering. At 3 months, the baby sleep through 14-16 hours a day; at 9 months,they sleep for 13-14 hours a day, and by first year, this sleep time is 12-13 hours a day.

However, every baby is different, and your little one may need more or less sleep than this.Your baby won’t stay asleep for 1-3 hours at a stretch, and needs to wake up frequently for feed.Once your baby is about 3 months old, you can start to follow a set pattern every night.This may help your baby to sleep for longer during nights.By 9-12 months, your baby may even sleep through the night, allowing you to get more sleep too.

Sleeping Patterns

When your baby is a new-born, he or she would sleep for 2-3 hours at a stretch.As the baby grows older, try to establish a specific bedtime as well as naptime routine.A good bedtime is usually late evening, between 7pm to 8 :30pm.However, when your baby is unwell, the sleep pattern may be disturbed. The baby may want to nap at different times during the day and may start waking up during the night when they usually sleepthrough. Such a problem may also occur when you are transitioning the baby to the cot.

In that case, do not worry too much about the timings of the sleep.Once the baby is feeling better, you can gradually shift their daytime naps and bedtime to normal again.

It is important to maintain patterns and if you feel that you are having any problems, you may consult the doctor.

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