Baby Sleep Cheat Sheet

How much sleep is a baby supposed to get anyway?

When I was cruising around sleepwellbaby.ca, I noticed their FAQs were really handy. I thought, “Shit, I totally needed this when I had a newborn” because I was forever googling how many naps they were ‘technically’ supposed to be having and how many hours in total they should be sleeping a day (I was usually doing this when they weren’t remotely close to those hours.)

So I asked them if I could have Ryan make up an infographic so you would have a little cheat sheet.

I know every baby is different, but it will give you an idea of what ballpark you should be in at any given time.

I hope you find it handy!

courtesy of sleepwellbaby.ca courtesy of sleepwellbaby.ca

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22 Comments

  • What really helped me was finding out how long their WAKE times should be. Then I didn’t need to freak out if they slept a little longer and didn’t stay on schedule (because there was no way in hell I was waking a sleeping baby just to keep a schedule!). There are lots of sites out there with tables on wake-times depending on baby’s age. I think it would be great if you did something like that. Then when they start nodding off after 45 minutes you can let them go down for another nap, confident that they’ve stayed awake as long as a little newborn baby can, because you’re not worried about keeping them awake til their next scheduled naptime.

  • As a former Infant teacher (daycare) and having to make sure infants nap during the day and things like that, I know things in that atmosphere are way different than home and this gives me some pointers for the home that I didn’t know about! Thank youuuu

  • Let me just say…I’m pregnant and I have been worried about my babys sleep schedule bc of all the horror stories I hear from Moms that I know. This cheat sheet really eased my mind of doing this at home. As a former Infant teacher (daycare) and having to make sure infants nap during the day and things like that, I know things in that atmosphere are way different than home and this gives me some pointers for the home that I didn’t know about! Thank youuuu

  • I’m not so sure about this! I’ve been working with mums and babies for five years and I would not say this is normal. I would say this is at the best sleep that could be possibly expected.

    I’m always sceptical about sleep guides written by people selling sleep solutions. Sometimes they can set mums up with unrealistic expectations, so they can sell a solution.

  • Interesting graphic, although I thought "sleeping through the night" at 3-6 months was that horribly deceptive name for a 5 hour stretch? I know every kid is different, but I think we need to stop telling parents their kids will be sleeping 12 hours straight by infancy. I think it sets new parents up for feelings of failure if their baby isn’t sleeping "7 to 7" by 3 months old. And I’m pretty sure it’s normal/good for breastfeeding if the baby wakes to nurse a couple of times a night through to age 1. Heck, my oldest didn’t sleep even 10 hours at a stretch until 6 YEARS old. 🙂

  • Mine slept through the night from 3 months onward, 11 hrs though not 12, but her grand total for the day was right òn the money. Expect interruptions to sleep patterns when they go through a big miłestone or developmental leap, be consîstent, and in a couple of weeks they go back to sttn.

  • Okay, this 12 hours of sleep a 3-6 month old is supposed to get… Is that like, they sleep for 8 hours, wake up, take a bottle, then go right back to sleep for 4 hours? ‘Cuz I call B.S. on 12 straight hours of sleeping…

    • Personally, I think every kid is different (mine sure as hell didn’t sleep 12 hours straight) but I think what it’s saying is that it is physically possible for your child to sleep that long — whether they do or not is another story ; )

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