New born spend 14-17 hours sleeping daily, although some newborns may sleep for 18-19 hours per day. Although it’s pretty general that while breastfed babies feed every 2-3 hours, formula fed babies feed every 3-4 hours.
It’s normal for a newborn to sleep around the clock because they font have a sense of night and day yet i.e. they can’t tell the difference between night and day, and as such will wake up at anytime demanding to be fed regardless of what time it is.
Should I wake my newborn to feed at night
When it comes to feeding, it’s very important to know that newborns grow very quickly and have small stomachs and as such are unable to take a lot of food per feeding session and what little the manage to take the digest quickly (whether formula milk or breast milk). For this reason newborns have to be fed every 2-3 hours.
Normally babies wake up by themselves for regular feedings at night, but if they don’t wake up, you should wake them up for feedings every 3-4 hours for feeding until the attain a fairly consistent pattern or weight gain (this usually happens within the first two weeks or their lives) after this, there’s no need to wake a normal full term baby with no special medical condition for feeding.
Newborn sleeping 6 hours at night
It is not normal for a newborn to sleep 6 hours straight at night, not to talk if sleeping through the night. Newborns need to eat frequently so that they can develop so they won’t sleep through the night or 6 hours straight whether at night or during the day.
The fact is the maximum time you can expect your newborn to sleep is 2-4 hour stretches per sleeping sessions and that also depends on if your baby is formula-fed, breastfed or a combination of both.
You may not know this but babies who are breastfed feed more frequently than formula-fed babies, this is because breast milk is digested more quickly than formula in babies; so this is a factor that will affect how long your baby sleeps at a stretch during the day or at night.
Two month old sleep
Yay your baby is two months old, at this stage you’re most likely past the sleepless nights but nighttime feedings are still normal occurrence. Your baby’s day-night confusion had likely reduced.
A typical two month old baby sleeps for about 14-17 hours a day, he or she will sleep about 8½ hours at night (although it is probably interrupted by night time feeding and changing) and take 3 to 4 naps daily which makes up a total of 7 hours of sleep during the day.
How Long Should A Two Month Old Sleep At Night
Two month old sleeping 8 hours straight
The time spent sleeping varies widely when it comes to babies because every baby is unique in their own right and as such behaves differently. Each baby has their own sleep pattern so while some 2-3 month old babies tends to sleep for 5-6 hours straight at night, others don’t.
It’s had been reported by parents that their two month old babies sleep for 5-6 hours stretches at night but a test month old baby sleeping for 8 hours straight is very unlikely this is because they haven’t developed enough to be able to go for that long without feeding.
Babies who have acquired the “magic weight” as they call it can sleep for 6-8 hours at a stretch without feeding. The magic weight is 11 pounds at the minimum and most four month old babies have reached it, others don’t weigh 11 pounds when they are 5-6 months.
Two month old sleeping schedule
Although babies don’t usually have regular sleep patterns until that are at least 6 months, you can establish a fairly consistent sleep schedule although you can’t expect that sleep schedule too be predictable. To properly create a sleep schedule for your 2 month old baby you have to consider their individual before.
However here’s a sample of a sleep schedule is a typical two year old:
11:00am— nap time
9:00pm—-prepare for bedtime
Note: this schedule sample follow the assumption that your baby naps for 1 hour and stays awake for an 1½ hours; however it’s important for parents to know that all baby’s act differently and may stay awake for 1-1½ hours and nap for 30minutes-2 hours and may wake once or twice at night for nighttime feedings.
It will also help if you stick to one bedtime routine that may include, bathing, putting on pajamas, singing lullabies or telling them a story. It also hellos is you start this routine early for example if she sleeps at 9:00pm start the routine by 8:30pm, the would help to signal to them that it’s time to sleep.
How to encourage or improve your baby’s nighttime sleep
- Regulate nighttime feedings: at two months old it’s not really necessary for you to feed your baby 3-4 times at night, however it’s normal for them to still feed one or twice at night. In an effort to rescue nighttime feedings to the minimum you can increase the amount of food they eat at bedtime and then ensure that you feed them enough during the day.
- Avoid overtiredness: in your baby likes to stay awake for longer, check her daytime routine if it’s becoming difficult for you to get hey to sleep at bedtime. Your baby may be overtired because she is spending to much time awake.
- Try to let them fall asleep by themselves: try to avoid rocking your baby to sleep, put him or her down when they are drowsy or feeling sleepy but are still awake, this way they will learn to fall asleep by themselves.
- Reduce or eliminate all forms of stimulation at night: ensure that your baby’s room is dark and quiet at night. If you have to change them do it fast and as quietly as possible so that they will easily go back to sleep.
- Allow your baby to self soothe: don’t always rush to respond when your baby wakes during the night, give him or her a few minutes too try to self-soothe. If he/she doesn’t go back to sleep by herself and continues to fuss then you can go to him/her to maybe play, change or feed him/her.
What could be disturbing my baby’s sleep
There are a wide array of things that can keep your baby from sleeping comfortably or otherwise, some are normal baby problems others aren’t. Here are some things that could be disturbing your baby’s sleep;
- Sickness: some of the normal child hood illness could caused a disturbance to your babies sleep. Normally an ear infection it a cold can make you unable to fall asleep and your baby is not an exception. Your baby will stay too sleep well when they recovery from the illness.
- Growth spurts: when babies experience growth spurts they tend to feed more especially during the night and wake up from naps earlier. Babies are likely to experience growth at 3 months, 6 months and 9 months of age, although the exact time at which they experience this varies.
- Sleep regression: is a normal occurrence for babies (even the good sleepers) of all ages, although this normally happens at 3-4 month. They tend to wake up more often and find it difficult to go back too sleep.
- Milestones: milestones are the generalized idea of things that children can do it should be able to do at different ages. Is your baby is learning it mastering a skill like sitting up, crawling, rolling over, standing up, they may find it difficult to fall asleep or settle down at bedtime.
- Teething: this is also a milestone, and although it’s seem as an momentous one when your baby’s first tooth appears it could cause him/her to wake up during the night with teething symptoms. Some of these testing symptoms are, night walking, ear pulling, crying and yes may begin 2-3 months before the teeth even begin to appear.
- An non ideal sleeping environment: you’re baby may fine it difficult to fall asleep in the room is too hot or to cold, they could also find it difficult to fall asleep if they are not properly dresses or they rooms are too bright. So ensure that they are dresses in onesies, their room temperature is ok and the room is dark and quiet.
As parents you should know that your two month old baby still had a lot to learn, so your best chance of getting them to get a hang of sleep is to do as much as you can to help them establish a solid foundation of sleep patterns and habits at this young age so that you both will be set for healthier and more satisfying sleep in the months to come.