Childhood Diseases

Posted by: RW | 2009-11-25


5 week old baby &  sleep


I have a 5 week old baby girl. Up until now, she' s been a good little sleeper....I feed her every 4 hours and she used to stay awake for about an hour after a feed and then sleep until the next feed. On Monday, she ' refused'  to sleep (she was awake from 11h00 to about 16h30)...same thing on Tuesday and it looks like we are heading the same way today (I live in Aus so we' re a little ahead). My question long can she stay awake for? I saw a pamphlet yesterday that says that 1 month old babies should not stay awake for longer than an hour at a time. Is this true? I am worried that she is not getting enough sleep and that this will harm her developement.

Expert's Reply



Babies of this age sleep a little less they they did as newborns, about 15 to 16 hours per day. Most of these sleeping hours are usually at night by now. She will stay awake longer during the daytime. This tends to vary from baby to baby but this is the general pattern. Babies of this age are often wide awake in the late afternoons especially. This is normal. Usually once this happens your baby should sleep for longer periods at night.

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