Baby Sleep

Allison Nunez
September 8, 2021

How many hours of sleep should my baby get each day/night?

0-3   Months: 14-17 hours in 24 hour period

3-6   Months: 3-4 daytime hours; 10-12 total nighttime

6-9   months: 3 daytime hours; 10-12 total nighttime

9-13  Months: 2-3 daytime hours; 10-12 total nighttime

Can my baby sleep on her tummy?

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests laying your child down on their back for the first 12 months of life. This is the safest sleep position and has been proven to reduce SIDS. It is thought that once your baby is strong enough to roll and get to their tummy, they are safe sleeping in this position. It would be nearly impossible at that stage to roll them back each time, all night long. I do find that many babies start sleeping better naturally once they are able to find side or tummy positions on their own.

At what age can babies go through the whole night without breastfeeding?

There are so many variables to when a baby “should” sleep through the whole night without needing to feed. From your baby’s weight gain, age and medical. I would definitely bring this question up with your pediatrician.

Baby wakes up at 3 or 4am and won’t go back to bed unless we hold him. What can we do?

I would look at the way you are putting the baby to bed at night. If you are holding your baby to fall asleep at night, they are most likely needing this same comfort to fall back to sleep in the early hours of the morning when their drive to sleep isn’t as strong as it is in the first part of the night. I suggest helping your baby fall asleep independently at bedtime and implementing that same method through the night when they wake at 3/4am.

When should I move my baby to the crib from the bassinet?

I like to transition the baby from bassinet to the crib between 3-4 months old. You want to move them to the crib (in a lowered position) when they are becoming mobile and can roll  for safety reasons.

Well, there we have it, Mamas! You asked and we found the answers for you.  SimpliFed is on your side through the sleepless nights and the the everyday struggles. If you are breastfeeding, remember that the first 6 weeks are  essential in establishing your supply. Talk to a lactation consultant about any concerns you might have regarding maintaining your supply while working through baby-sleep transitions. There is a fine balance between getting the sleep you want (!!) and the nursing/pumping schedule you need.  Each dyad (mama/baby duo) is different, so reach out for support from the experts you deserve. We are all here to support you!

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