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Sleep

Newborn babies sleep quite a bit, usually waking up every two to four hours for feedings.  At about two months of age, they generally start sleeping through the night, although a few cooperative babies may start sooner.  You may have heard that starting solid foods (e.g. cereal) will make a baby sleep through the night.  There is no evidence this is true.  Awakening your baby to feed or offering food every time they stir during the night will either start or propagate a habit of waking up to feed.  Try to allow your baby to go as long as they will tolerate between nighttime feeds.  The following table is a guideline as to how much babies sleep:

How Much Sleep?

AgeTotal NighttimeTotal NaptimeTotal Sleep time
0 to 2 monthsContinuousContinuous10-18 hours
2 months9.5 hours5 hours14.5 hours
6 months11 hours3.5 hours14.5 hours
12 months11.5 hours2.5 hours14 hours
3 years11.5 hours1.5 hours13 hours