Office of Child Welfare

Safe Sleep

Understanding Your Baby’s Needs

baby sleeping

Why does my baby sleep for only a few hours at a time?
Newborns may sleep 10-18 hours a day, and they may wake to eat every 2 to 4 hours. By eight weeks old, your baby’s sleep may develop some sort of pattern.

When will my baby be able to sleep through the night?
Babies between 3 and 6 months of age need around 12-15 hours of sleep per day, which includes 2 to 4 naps during the day. Babies 6 months old and older are able to sleep through most of the night, but will still need 1 or 2 naps during the day, and many will need at least one nighttime feeding.

Will limiting naps during the day help my baby sleep better at night?
According to sleep research, regular naps during the day will improve your baby’s sleep during the night. When and how long a baby should nap varies from one baby to the next. As babies grow, they will take fewer and shorter naps until they reach 3-4 years of age.

For more information on healthy child development and safe infant sleep, visit www.ounce.org.