No way, argues pediatrician Scott Cohen, author of Eat Sleep Poop: A Common Sense Guide to Your Baby's First Year. According to him, it is typical for some babies to sleep up to 20 hours every day. If this describes your child, go get your 40 winks immediately because this phase will not last long.
Babies need to sleep in order to function properly. They need time to rest their brains and bodies so they can grow and develop. In fact, according to Dr. Cohen, some very young infants require as much as 14 hours a day in bed to allow them to mature physically and mentally.
During these first months of his life, your baby will probably spend most of his time sleeping. He'll sleep when he's tired and wake when he's ready to be up and about. His sleep patterns will change over time but never worry about it too much. As long as he's getting the required 8 hours every night, then he's healthy.
So, yes, it's normal for a baby to sleep all day. Just don't call it a habit!
In general, babies sleep around 8 to 9 hours during the day and approximately 8 hours at night. However, because to their tiny stomachs, they must wake up every few hours to eat. Most newborns do not begin sleeping through the night (6 to 8 hours) until they are at least 3 months old. Even then, not everyone does so at the same age.
Newborns' sleep is often more restless than that of older children and adults due to some important physical changes taking place in their brains as they develop into adults. These changes help them regulate their bodies better when they are awake, but can also cause problems if they prevent them from getting enough rest. Problems such as weight gain or loss, mood changes, diarrhea, or skin issues may be signs that your baby isn't getting enough sleep.
Babies need a lot of sleep because their brains are still developing most rapidly after birth. During this time, they learn how to control their muscles, see colors, hear sounds, feel pain, and more. If they don't get enough sleep, these abilities will be hampered. Also during this time, their immune systems are still building so they're more vulnerable to illness.
When you bring your baby home from the hospital, they should be asleep in the crib for at least two hours without waking up. This allows their brains time to process all they've learned while in the hospital's care system.
Chronic drowsiness, on the other hand, might be reason for concern. If your infant is sleeping for more than 17 hours per day on a regular basis and this is interfering with her capacity to feed at least eight times per day, you should notify your physician. Missing meals on a regular basis may jeopardize her weight increase and growth. Additionally, if your infant appears tired most of the time, has difficulty focusing, and is showing signs of depression, she needs further evaluation by a professional.
So, whether your infant is sleeping too much or not enough, it's important to pay attention to her condition, especially if she is showing any signs of illness or injury. The best way to do that is by watching her behavior and listening to what she has to say. You should also contact your physician if you are not able to determine why your infant is acting/being sleep-deprived.
However, this varies greatly. Some babies do not sleep through the night until they are about a year old. In most circumstances, your baby will wake up and be hungry every 3 hours. The only time some babies sleep for longer periods is when they are under 6 weeks old or if you feed them frequently.
Starting around the age of 5 weeks, your baby's brain starts producing more of the hormone oxytocin. This is what makes him or her feel comforted after being separated from you during feeding times or when put back into their crib after coming out for a meal or bathroom break. At 6 weeks, your baby's brain also starts producing more of the hormone serotonin. This helps him or her have better moods and be more calm overall.
By the end of the first month, your baby's body is ready for longer periods of sleep. He or she may start sleeping through the night by then, but it may not be until later that month or even the next that he or she finally breaks up these nights of waking up once per hour to be fed or changed.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, newborns should sleep 14–17 hours each day. Some babies may sleep for as many as 18–19 hours each day. Newborns wake up every several hours to feed. Breastfed newborns eat often, roughly every 2-3 hours. Formula-fed infants tend to eat less frequently — about 4–5 times per day.
After the first week, sleeping patterns seem to settle into a more normal schedule. By the end of the second week, most babies will sleep for about 10 hours at a time. They'll likely stay in this pattern until they are at least one year old.
Newborns need plenty of sleep because their bodies are still developing. They're also very tired after coming out of the womb or birth canal. Because of this, it's normal for newborns not to feel like sleeping all night long. However, they do need their rest periods. If your baby isn't getting enough sleep, she may have problems falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking up too often.
Most babies will start sleeping through the night by around four weeks old. But some take longer than others. Most babies will begin sleeping through the night between the ages of four to six months. Some parents report that their babies continue to sleep through the night until they are one year old. Others say that their babies stop sleeping through the night when they become mobile.