When Do Babies Start Sleeping Through the Night?
Every parent of a newborn wants to know when their baby will sleep through the night. The simple answer is: it depends. Every baby is different and will develop at their own pace. However, there are some general things to keep in mind that may help give you a better idea of when your little one will start sleeping for longer stretches.
How Much Sleep do Babies Need?
On average, newborns sleep between 14 and 17 hours per day. However, they don’t always sleep for long periods of time at a stretch. Newborns typically sleep for periods of 2 to 4 hours at a time during the day and night. So, if you’re wondering why your newborn seems to be up all night long, it’s because that’s just how they are designed!
Longer Stretches of Sleep Usually Happen around 4-6 Months of Age
Most babies will start sleeping for longer stretches—usually 4 to 6 hours at a time—sometime between 4 and 6 months old. However, there are some babies who may not start sleeping through the night until they are 9 months old or even older. If your baby is still waking up several times a night after 6 months, don’t worry—this is perfectly normal. There are a few things you can do to help your baby sleep for longer stretches of sleep. More on that here.
Sleepless nights can be hard. Hang in there! The important thing to remember is that every baby is different and will develop at their own pace. So, if your little one is still waking up several times a night after 6 months, don’t worry—this is perfectly normal.