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Babies don't know when it's time to go to bed and when it's time to get up. They've yet to understand that as a human being they should sleep during the night and be awake during the day. So what hours does a baby sleep and how does this change as the baby grows older. The following breakdown should answer all you questions...

Up to 5 or 6 weeks
In these initial weeks of life a baby will generally sleep for up to 18 hours a day. Much of this sleep will occur during the day usually at completely random times.

From 6 weeks to 3 months
After 6 weeks of life, a baby will begin to understand that she is supposed to sleep mainly at night. During this period she will gradually reduce her time spent sleeping during the day and increase her time spent sleeping at night.

From 3 to 6 months
After 3 months, a baby will usually be fully adjusted to night and day and therefore the majority of her sleeping hours will occur at night time. This period also sees the baby beginning to sleep for sustained levels of time, sometimes up to 5 hours.

After 6 months
After half a year, most babies will no longer require a night-time feed enabling them to be left asleep for longer periods. The average baby will now comfortably sleep for 6 or 7 hours during the night. Day time sleeping will now only consist of the occasional nap or a few hours here and there.

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