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SIDS. Children & Sleep. Newborns sleep a lot 16 – 17 hours Only stay asleep 2 – 4 hours at a time

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Children sleep
Children & Sleep

  • Newborns sleep alot

    • 16 – 17 hours

    • Only stay asleep 2 – 4 hours at a time

  • At 6 to 8 weeks of age, most babies begin to sleep for shorter periods during the day and longer periods at night, though most continue to wake up to feed during the night.

  • Between 4 and 6 months, most babies are capable of sleeping for a stretch of 8 to 12 hours through the night. 


  • Newborn

    • At this stage, you shouldn't expect any sort of napping pattern. Just let your baby sleep as much as she needs to.

  • 6 to 8 weeks old

    • two to four naps a day, and perhaps even more

  • 3 to 4 months of age

    • Start a nap schedule

  • By 6 months

    • two or three naps a day: one in the morning, one in the early afternoon, and another later in the afternoon.

  • At 9 to 12 months

    • most babies are down to two naps a day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

Good sleep habits
Good Sleep Habits

  • Learn the signs that mean he's tired.

  • Begin to teach him the difference between day and night.

  • Consider starting a bedtime routine.

  • Give him a chance to fall asleep on his own.

Sleep training
Sleep Training

  • 4-5 months (dropped night feedings)

  • Options

    • “Cry-It-Out”

      • Falling asleep on your own is a skill that can be mastered

      • Crying – stay out of room, longer w/each step

      • Comfort but don’t pick up

    • “No Tears”

      • Leaving a child alone and crying is unnatural and unkind

      • Bedtime routine and comforting environment

      • Whimper vs actual crying

    • “5 S’s”

      • swaddling, the side or stomach position (for calming your baby, not for sleeping), shushing, swinging, and sucking. 

Keep in mind
Keep in Mind . . . .

  • Every child is different

    "My first cried it out and all was well. My second cried it out but it took much longer until all was well. My third, if allowed to cry too long, literally freaked out. He threw himself around his crib and would rarely calm down and fall asleep. On the rare occasion that he fell asleep, he'd wake up within minutes screaming bloody murder. Letting him cry it out was clearly not working so I looked for other options. Find your child's groove. You'll be glad you did."— L.B.'s Mama"My 4-and-a-half-month-old will only sleep through the night if we do everything the experts say not to do. She must be nursed or slept with unless we want to see her turn purple and cry for 45 minutes or more. She's like a wind-up doll when she starts and never settles until she's comforted, and she's been that way from the beginning. It really became a matter of, do we want to sleep or do we want to do what the books say? If she's comforted and put down sleeping, she sleeps eight to ten hours. To all you parents out there who have a baby like mine, do not despair — just do what works for you."— Amanda