Newborn sleep pattern and behaviour

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Newborn sleep pattern and behaviour: Newborns don’t know the difference between day and night. Generally sleep 12 to 16 hours in 24 hours. In the first three months, they need regular feeding so they usually sleep in short periods. Between 6 to 12 months your baby’s sleep patterns will become more like yours. They will sleep up to 16 hours in 24 hours period.

Newborn sleep pattern: Sleep Hours

Ideally, a baby takes a nap for the following hours of the day. Find the chart below.

AgeSleeping Hours
0 to 3 months12 to 16 hours
4 to 11 months12 to 15 hours
1 to 2 years12 to 13 hours
Newborn sleep pattern and behaviour – Table

Reason for disturbing sleeping in babies

Newborns sleep for 2 to 4 hours every 2 hours day and night. By 8 weeks your baby will sleep less during the day and more at night

  • Wet Diapers
  • Colic
  • Uncomfortable clothing
  • High Temperature
  • Lights and Curiosity

Tipz to help your baby sleep

Take a nap

Give your baby a chance to nap every 2 hours. The baby may have trouble falling asleep if you wait longer. Anything Langar could affect their night time sleep. If an app is 2 and half an hour wake your baby feed them and play with them or a few minutes and then put them back down for another nap.

By waking your baby every few hours you are encouraging your baby to regular feeding habits which will help your newborn baby to sleep better at night.

Day and night confusion

If your babies sleep more during the day and night then teach your baby to distinguish day from night. Your home and your babies are light and bright. Don’t worry about daytime noise. Light exposure is more important. Keep your bedroom lights during the daytime and make it dark at night time. This will help with day and night confusion. Try to keep them awake after the feed and interact with your baby as much as you can. Don’t play with your baby during the night wakings.


Swaddle calms newborns because it feels like being in the womb swaddle your baby with the arms to their side.


At 2 weeks you can begin to teach your baby to distinguish day from night

Keep your home and your baby from light and bright.

Don’t worry about daytime noise

At night time dim the light and noise level low

Swaddling the baby because it feels like being in the womb.

Play shooting sound

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