How many hours does your newborn sleep per day?

Stephanie - posted on 04/05/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My little guy sleeps about 18-20 hours a day. He seems to be having more wakeful periods during the day but he is a SLEEPER!! My two older boys were very fussy and slept very little so it was completely different...



Is this amount of sleep "normal" for a two week old? How many hours does a newborn sleep? He eats well, is gaining weight and during the time he is awake is very alert...

Thoughts?

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Monique - posted on 04/17/2012

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THIS IS MY FIRST BABY AND SHE SLEEPS ALL DAY AND THE NIGHT SHE WAKES UP BUT ME AND HUBBY TRY WAKING HER UP AND NOTHING IS THAT NORMAL?

Leah - posted on 04/05/2010

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My little man sleeps for bursts of 3-5 hours, sometimes even 6 hours. He's awake for about 1-3 hours between feeds and is wide awake when he is awake, although he often falls asleep during a feed at the very end. I asked my doctor how many hours a newborn should sleep and he said its completly normal :) Enjoy it I say!

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my one month old son he gets up at 8 in the morning and stays up until 10 and he gets about 6 hours a sleep during the day and in the middle of the night he gets about 4 hours of sleep

Gladys - posted on 05/10/2012

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When my baby was that age, he practically sleeps all the times besides the time when he wakes up for milk. However, mine was a premature, born at 31 week. But my baby sitter told me that it was good if the child sleeps a lot cos they grow faster. Indeed, my baby grew quiet a lot. And he is a healthy and active boy now. He is going to be 2 next month and very active.

No worries. All babies are different.

Leah - posted on 04/06/2010

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My little man is always the fussiest at the 3am feed. The rest of the time he is really good, it seems the 3am feed he can be awake for around 4hours and sometimes just screams. It can be so frustrating when Ive changed him, fed him and burped him and he still screams, and it only gets worse the longer he stays awake! I cant complain about how many hours my newborn sleeps though, im at least getting 3-5hrs sleep at a time.

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Stephanie - posted on 04/06/2010

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Thanks for the responses on how many hours your newborns sleep:)

Glad to know its normal!

Cortney - posted on 04/05/2010

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My son does the exact same thing, and he is also my first, so I totally feel your frustration. It seems like he only gets gassy at night even though he eats more frequently during the day. I don't get it, but everything I read says it's normal. We don't have another pediatrician appt. until he is 2 months (5 more weeks) but if he keeps this up I might call her about it. If your baby is gassy, try a little Mylicon.. it's helped us a little bit.

Cortney - posted on 04/05/2010

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My little guy sleeps a ton too.. he was born almost 3 weeks early, so I was told that as we approached his actual due date (4/1) he would perk up a little more, which he has, but he still sleeps for most of the day. I think it's pretty normal how many hours my newborn sleeps though.

Charisse - posted on 04/05/2010

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My two week old only sleeps for about 1 1/2-2 1/2 hours at a time at night and when he gets up in between his sleep time he is extremely fussy. This is my first baby and it is extremely frustrating. He sleeps well and is never ever fussy during the day. He just likes to be a terror at night. I do not know what to do sometimes. I can't wait until the night when I can sleep at least three hours straight!

Cleo - posted on 04/05/2010

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For the first week my youngest slept for two to three hours at a time but once we got into our third week she started staying up a lot longer during the day and pretty much sleeps through the night. Your little one seems to be doing fine.

Michelle - posted on 04/05/2010

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Sounds normal to me. My guy is almost 4 weeks and sleeps quite a bit. His longest awake period is usually 4-5 hours, he naps in 2-3 hr spurts sometimes staying awake for 1-2 hours between eating and naps. My daughter slept good and was rarely fussy but he sleeps and is fussy lol

Theresa - posted on 04/05/2010

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My 2 week old is the same way. It's very normal. He's my 4th and they were all big sleepers for the first few weeks. He'll gradually start having more and longer periods of wakefulness. Nothing to worry about as long as he's eatting every 2-4 hours. I let mine sleep longer during the night. He'll go 5-6 hours then.

Jenn - posted on 04/05/2010

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Mine sleeps a lot too. It's such a HUGE change from my first. It took him almost 11 months to finally sleep through the night. I'm not sure what the normal amount of sleep is for a newborn. I asked my pediatrician how many hours a newborn sleeps and he said it just depends on the baby.

Mary - posted on 04/05/2010

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my lil one is the same. seems to sleep all the time i belive its normal. as long as they are eating well, is gaining weight and during the time awake is very alert.

Stephanie - posted on 04/06/2010

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Thanks for the responses on how many hours your newborns sleep:)

Glad to know its normal!

Cortney - posted on 04/05/2010

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My little guy sleeps a ton too.. he was born almost 3 weeks early, so I was told that as we approached his actual due date (4/1) he would perk up a little more, which he has, but he still sleeps for most of the day. I think it's pretty normal how many hours my newborn sleeps though.

Jenn - posted on 04/05/2010

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Mine sleeps a lot too. It's such a HUGE change from my first. It took him almost 11 months to finally sleep through the night. I'm not sure what the normal amount of sleep is for a newborn. I asked my pediatrician how many hours a newborn sleeps and he said it just depends on the baby.

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