Mastering the art of sleep

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Some babies sleep well at night from the start, but others can take several months or longer to settle in. Here are some of the milestones you can expect.
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Birth to 3 weeks

She’ll sleep between 12 and 20 hours every day, day or night, and wake every 2-3 hours for meals.
Some babies are more inclined to be awake during the day and sleep at night than others. The important thing is that she gets the rest she needs for brain development.

If you feed or change her at night, do it quickly and quietly with the lights low. Rock her back to sleep or pat her gently. Quiet music is good too.
Her sleep style is probably established by now, for better or worse. Try to create schedules that work for both of you.

Month 1

Month 2

Month 4

She may be staying up for longer stretches now, and sleeping longer too. She should nap several times during the day and may need a late-night feeding.
Until your baby gets the hang of sleeping through the night, you may need to adjust your own sleep habits. Here are some tips that may help:

Coping with less sleep

Nap whenever possible
Try to nap when your baby naps—the household chores can wait. Try to have someone sit with the baby (and other children) while you get some rest.
Limit visitors
Sometimes entertaining visitors can be exhausting. Be selective about who visits and when.
Be healthy
Cut down on caffeine and try some light exercise (like going for a walk).
Have a feeding ready
Keep a supply of expressed breast milk or formula ready so someone else can feed the baby while you get some much-needed rest.
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