Posted by: Kaz | 2004/11/17


How much is enough sleep??

My son is 9 weeks old and is averaging between 10 - 12 hours sleep in a 24hr period. He has 2 naps - one early morn and one early afternoon which vary from 1 - 1 and a half hours each. Another nap late afternoon - he does not sleep well at this time and this nap only lasts about 20min. Early evening he sleeps about 3 hours. After his 900pm feed he sleeps through to about 2:00am, then has another feed. He will then sleep through till about 5am or sometimes 6am. Is this too little? (I was told they need to be averaging around 15-16 hours in a 24hr period).
He is exclusively breastfed and is healthy. I have tried without success to get him to sleep more or longer hours - especially at night. Any advice please?

Expert's Reply



You do not have to force your child to sleep, but it is good to establish an acceptable sleep pattern. The most important thing is that he seems healthy and thriving.

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Posted by: cathy | 2004/11/19

no do not believe everything you hear leave the baby to sleep if the house is quiet he'll sleep longer, baby's naturaly wakes up three times per night as he gets older he will sleep longer periods my 2 year old is only sleeping through now we dont even know when he wakes up at night he gets his own bottle and he goes back to sleep, he goes to sleep at 17'30 and basically he sleeps for 14 hours, it's good for their brain developement thanx

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Posted by: Purple | 2004/11/18

You could be describing my baby at 9 weeks. It sounds perfectly normal to me.

As mothers of breast fed babies discover, babies stop sleeping somewhere between 3 and 6 weeks, just having little cat naps. Then, as time goes on, they start developing their sleeping patterns, and having actual naps that last an hour or more.

An excellent book is the Baby Sleep Guide by Erica Niewenhuisen. It only costs about R50, and is spot on with what it says about sleep.

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