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Posted by: 1st time Mom | 2007/06/12

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HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH (SLEEPING)

Hi, I am a working mom and my Baby is 6 months old, and my Mom in-law is looking after him. I have a very good baby and since 2 months he is been sleeping through. I was first concerned but when I spoke to the doctor he said that if he is getting enough milk during the day then he will sleep through. So at 19H00 he goes to bed and he wakes up round about 7H00 in the morning for his feed. My concern now is how much sleep should he be having during the day, because my Mom inlaw complains that he is not getting enough during the day. There are times he will sleep 3 hours and then there are days that he will not sleep at all or he will have what I call "cat naps" (10 - 30 Min) naps. He does not wake up, if he does it is because he can't find his dummy. Please all I want to know is how much sleep must he have on average during the day, so that I can put my Mom inlaw at ease.

Regards
1st time Mom

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

He seems to be a very happy baby and you are very lucky that he is sleeping through the night so well when he sleeps for a solid 12 hours. He does sleep for up to 3 hours during the day most days so he is getting plenty of sleep.Many very bright babies seem to need less sleep than others during the day and it is really not worthwhile trying to force him to sleep if he does'nt seem to need it.

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Posted by: muffin | 2007/06/12

normally at that age about 3 hours a day - my son, now 15 months, still has a sleep from 12-2, and only about a month ago dropped his morning nap, which was for about an hour. AT 6 months, he was sleeping at least 3 hrs a day. Try to get him into a daytime sleep routine, that then becomes habit for them - also make sure that you do the normal winding down, put them in their cot in a dark room, i.e do it all as you would at night as much as possible. good luck

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