New born babies will do three things – eat, poop, and sleep! When your baby is born, everything is new and exciting for them – sights, sounds, and smells all overwhelm babies, and all that learning exhausts them!
But how much sleep do babies need? And how should babies sleep?
New born babies will sleep for around 16 hours a day up until they are about 2 months old. This is a combination of a longer sleep throughout the night (between 8-9 hours) and three or four smaller naps throughout the day. As your baby grows, they will need less sleep during the day, often sleeping longer throughout the night to process everything they’ve learned!
Ultimately the important thing to remember is that each baby is different – your baby might prefer to sleep longer during the night, but not need as much sleep during the day, and vice versa. So long as your baby has a routine of sleeping at night for more than 8 hours their sleeping patterns during the day should balance out as they grow.
How should babies sleep?
Until your baby can roll themselves from their front onto their back, you should ensure that you place them in their crib on their back to sleep – turning them onto their back again if they roll over during the night. You should also make sure that the sleeping area is free from objects, cords and toys as these may present a choking hazard or can cause suffocation.
It’s up to you if you prefer your baby to sleep in your room or have their own room. While co-sleeping (sleeping alongside your baby in the same bed) is a preference for some parents, studies have shown an increase in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) due to co-sleeping. It is also thought that your baby will have a much easier time sleeping on their own and in their own room if they start out their sleeping patterns in this way.