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How Much Sleep for Baby?

How much sleep does my baby need? I want to be sure she's getting enough.

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How much sleep does my baby need? I want to be sure she's getting enough.

The Bump Expert

All babies are different, of course, but here are some general guidelines for the first year. (The suggested amount of sleep changes as baby grows.)

0 to 3 months
It's crucial to get baby into a proper sleep pattern during these first months. In month one, baby may get up to 20 hours of sleep a day, waking only for short periods of time to feed. In the next couple months, baby will need about 15.5 hours a day -- that's about eight and a half at night and seven (spread over three naps) during the day.

3 to 6 months
Baby now needs slightly less shuteye -- about 15 hours a day. Increase nighttime sleep to ten hours, and reduce naps to five hours altogether, spread over three naps.

6 to 9 months
Time to cut out a nap! Baby needs about 14.5 hours of sleep a day, with about 11 during the night. The other three hours and fifteen minutes should come during two naps.

9 to 12 months
By now, baby will sleep about 14 hours a day -- 11 hours overnight, and two one-and-a half hour naps during the day.

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Biggest Baby Sleep Myths

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Paula Kashtan