Baby sleep patterns

Typical sleep patterns for babies from newborn through to six months of age with information on both daytime naps and night routines.
Babies do not follow set rules, but generally you can expect the following sleep patterns:

  • Short naps of two to four hours on average.
  • Total sleep - 14 to 16 hours a day.
Six weeks to six months
  • A baby's 24 hour body clock is more established from six weeks. Gradually over the next few weeks the longest sleep will take place at night.
  • Total sleep - dips down to around 14 hours a day.
Six months
  • Should have developed a pattern of one long sleep at night and one to two substantial day time naps.
  • Total sleep - 12 to 14 hours a day

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This is a reply to debbie356. In my opinion it is fine to leave her to sleep and not wake her for a feed if her health is fine. she will get used to this and start to wake at the times you have been waking her which will be hard to break as she gets older. enjoy the sleep while you can. If she is hungry she will soon let you know.
by mandy1983 10th Dec 2010, 8:35am
i have a 61/2 month old and she doesn't sleep thru the night and only sleeps for 5/10 mins at a time during the day how can i change that
by yummymummycox 26th Nov 2010, 5:08pm
Hi, my baby is 6 weeks old and i wake her in the night after 4-5 hours for her feed. Is it safe for her to sleep longer without a feed?
by debbie356 24th Aug 2010, 9:30am
i have a 6 month old baby, who still wakes up once in the night for her bottle, but lately she cant sleep at all, sshe is waking up every hour she wants me to hold her pacifier for her while she sleeps, and its driving me crazy especially that i work i come to work like a zombie and i can do crying because the child who's 18 month sleeping through the night, and if the your one will cry she'll wake up the oler one and i wont put the older one back to sleep. Please help me i am exhausted. Thank you. Liliya
by Liliya1982 14th May 2010, 4:15pm
Hi, I have a 7m year old little boy who has been sleeping really well since he was only 2 months old. He has 11 hrs a night. He then has a one hour sleep really early after his first bottle in the morning. He then has a morning nap and an afternoon nap. I have started to have trouble getting him to sleep during the day. Should i maybe try to cut the early morning nap out altogether. He will always eventually go down with alot of cuddles etc. so I assumed he did need all three naps during the day, but now I am thinking after reading the info on 'Askbaby' that maybe he only needs 2 sleeps. Can anyone advise me?
by dj22 14th May 2010, 3:52pm
I have 18month old twins and their sleeping is getting worse as they get older! They go to bed at 7pm fine, and generally sleep through. The main problems are:
1. They wake just after 5am every morning (which I'd rather was later) then they are too tired in the morning to drop their morning sleep (I only give them 15-20mins).
2. They've always had a morning nap, then 1-2 hrs after their lunch. One of them now only sleeps 30 mins max, the other used to sleep through his crying but is getting harder to settle so is having less sleep.
3. Because of their lack of daytime sleep they seem really whingey all afternoon so I know they do still need their naps.

I do end up taking them out in the pushchair more these days (usually they nap in cot) and they do sleep better usually but I didn't want to get into the habit of them only sleeping if I walk them for 2 hours every day!!
by TPT 2nd Nov 2009, 10:28am
my baby is 9 months and he still doesnt sleep the full night he wakes up 3 to 4 times. then he doesnt go back into his cott. i am finding it very difficult as i am not getting much sleep at night and he only sleeps twice in the day only for half hour. any advice???
by shilu 16th Jul 2009, 9:29am
My baby is now 6 months old, and I have her in a perfect sleeping pattern, she has her bath at 6pm with lots of play and a long massage after, then its warm milk bottle and bed.. PERFECT my evenings then my own..
by SWEETBABY 5th May 2009, 12:12pm
please can someone help i have a boy aged 7 months and he has not slept a whole night since he was born he has acid reflux but lv tryed everything for a nights sleep he sleeps for about three hours then wakes up for two
by bhoys 12th Jan 2009, 10:33am
what if your babies dont sleep as above is this something to be concerned about?
by hurco 5th Jan 2009, 9:14am
my yongest is 18 months an still wake every 4 hours any ideas how to stop this as my others have always slept through from 8 weeks
by kaz23 24th Nov 2008, 9:35am
my baby is six weeks old.she stays up almost the entire night. I am worried that she will take longer to develop the normal sleeping pattern. I have to return to work in four weeks time and if she continues like this even then,then God help me!!!!!!
by sudarshana 3rd Nov 2008, 10:07am
my baby is 3 moonths old. when we brought her home, she just not to want to go to sleep. I stayed up almost round the clock, so I definetely know she wasnt sleeping well. Now she sleeps almost straight through the night.
by millie1 13th May 2008, 8:45am