I speak to people and they tell me the struggles they have with their newborns sleeping patterns and I don’t know if this is a temporary thing or maybe if we have more children, it will all change, but we’re really lucky with how much Emily sleeps. On average she sleeps 7-8 hours a night until she needs a feed, before sleeping another 5-6 hours until she’s ready for the day. On other nights she’ll sleep for 10 hours with no feeds because she’s exhausted. With those hours all accountered for, she’ll catnap after every feed (every 2-3 hours) during the day sometimes for 20 minutes, other times for an hour.
I’m pleased that at 4 months Emily has passed that time of sleepless nights, colic and crying for no reason, even if that was / months ago, her internal clock has kicked in giving her an established sleeping pattern. According to Parents.com “They say babies need an average of 14 hours of sleep per day: At 4 months, a baby can go eight hours at night without a feeding; by 5 months, he can sleep for 10 or 11 hours straight. Babies will sleep four to five hours during the day, spread out over three naps. At 6 months, babies need an average of 11 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night, and 3.5 hours of daytime naps spread over two to three naps.”
Each healthcare professional will want to make sure you stick to a routine and the below chart says Emily sleeps too much but as a mother I think I know my child better than a picture.
Emily sleeps well, really well which is heaven for us as new parents. I get a good nights sleep with few interruptions and Sam can sleep in a deep slumber too. Whatever way some may look at it, she sleeps well, eats well and is growing up fast. Having more than the required naps shouldn’t be a bother, I wish I could sleep more, that’s for sure!