What to Expect: Infants
Months 1 and 2
- 10-18 hours sleep per day, a few minutes to several hours at a time.
- Learn to recognize the signs of sleepiness.
- Develop a bedtime routine that ends by putting the baby in the crib when sleepy, but not yet asleep. This helps your child learn to fall asleep by him or herself.
- Put them down on their back with their face and head clear of blankets or other soft objects.
- For longer nighttime sleep, expose the baby to light, sounds, activity, and play during daytime.
Months 3 – 11
- Need 9 to 12 hours sleep/night, plus 1 to 4 daytime naps of 30 minutes to 2 hours.
- By 6 months night feedings may not be needed.
- By 9 months he or she may sleep through the night.
- During this time babies may have separation anxiety, which is less of a problem if the baby has learned to settle herself to sleep.
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