When Do Babies Sleep Through the Night?

When Do Babies Sleep Through the Night?

Every parent of a newborn quickly learns babies sleep differently than adults. They sleep more frequently, for most of the time, but will rouse themselves repeatedly throughout the day and night to let you know they need something. Most infants will sleep about two thirds of the twenty-four hours in a full day and night cycle. Considering how adults sleep for a third of that same period, and need uninterrupted sleep to get actual benefit from the rest, it’s no wonder parents are often left bleary eyed and struggling to stay functional.

This makes most parents of infants extremely interested in anything that can help manage their infant’s sleeping patterns. And eager to find out when their newborn will settle down into a routine for sleep that removes some of the physical and mental stress of being up and down so often from the parents.

Babies do settle into a routine, but it takes some time. The first three months are going to be rough; your child will sleep a lot, but not for long periods. Between three and six months they start to stabilize their sleeping schedule, but will still wake some of the time during the night looking for some attention. But once you and baby get past the six month mark, you both should have eased into a solid routine that lets you get back to normal as your infant sleeps through the night.

Key Points:

  • 1Newborns generally sleep approximately 14 to 17 hours a day.
  • 2By six months most babies should be sleeping 12 to 15 hours a day.
  • 3After six months most infants will cease to require feeding during the night.

But take heart: All babies eventually learn to sleep through the night.

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