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What you should know about
infant sleep patterns
When it comes to sleeping, each baby is different.
It’s common for babies to sleep about 15 or 16 hours a day.
But some sleep as few as 12 hours and others sleep as long
at 19 hours a day.
Usually, the longest a 2-week-old infant will sleep at a time
is 3 to 5 hours. By 4 months, many babies will sleep a full 8
hours at a time. But some 4-month-olds sleep as little as 5
hours at a time and others as long as 12 hours at a time.
Many parents worry about their baby’s sleep. It’s not unusual
to compare your baby’s sleeping pattern to the sleeping pat-
terns of other babies. And it’s not unusual for you to want
your baby to sleep like an angel through the night.
But babies don’t always sleep the way you want them to.
Understanding how babies sleep may put you more at ease.
Your baby’s sleep patterns and things you should
know about trying to change them.
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How babies are put to bed can help make
them sleep more safely
Young infants should be placed on their backs or side
Babies should sleep on rm surface without pillows,
comforters, or soft stuffed animals.
Taking these steps will help reduce the risk of Sudden
Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Once a sleeper, not always a sleeper
Babies who sleep well at rst don’t always continue to
sleep well when they get older.
About half of the babies who once slept throug