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    Default Does/did your baby really sleep 16 - 18 hours a day?

    So I keep reading that babies aged under 5 months "should" sleep 16 - 18 hours each day and it's starting to stress me out! My 8 week old, who I thought was a pretty good sleeper, probably does get this much sleep some days but other days she barely sleeps during the daytime at all. On the bad days the whole "should" statement really plays on my mind and I end up spending the whole day trying to convince Miss Moo to sleep rather than just enjoying spending time with her and then we're both miserable. So my question is at this age how often did your baby really get 16 - 18 hours sleep?
    Sorry if this doesn't make sense. We had a pretty rough night.

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    Rarely! This one made me laugh (in a crazy, maniacal, sleep-deprived way) when DS was younger.

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    Two babies and neither got close. DD was sleeping 12-13 hours straight overnight by 12w but with 3 x 15-20min naps during the day that only makes 14 hours max. DS probably also averaged around 13-14 hours (I never really counted with him as I'd stopped worrying about what they 'should' do). I seem to have very alert, active kids. DD dropped her naps by 2.5y and at 6yo now only needs 10hrs at night.

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    Like your baby some days but then other days would average 14 hours in a 24hr period. She slept well overnight until 4 months about 12 hours, But terrible day sleeper and even now at 17months can get through the day on a half hour nap. She will average 12-13hours overnight.
    Ds has been an awesome sleeper would always sleep over the recommended hours as an infant he would sleep 15 hours at 3 and often now at 4.5 will sleep 13 hours overnight.

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    Mine did collective 16-17 hours regularly when under 5 months, but sounds like I may be in the minority!

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    DD probably did about 14 or 15 hours per day after 3mo (before that she just screamed all day and we were lucky to get maybe 8-10 hours sleep in a 24hr period). At 3yo she's doing 11hrs overnight and a day nap of 1-2hrs.

    DS is 5wks old and it's hard to tell as he's up and down all day. He does one 4hr stretch at night followed by a couple of 2hr sleeps. Then it's just short naps between frequent feeds. If we're out he'll sleep for ages in the pram though.

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    Under 2 months probably, but from 3 months more like 14-15hours/day

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    By the way, don't over stress over those numbers. I know I did with my first and truly regret it. I wish I had enjoyed it more without so much focus on the clock, and resettling and lots of crying. In the end they sleep for as long as they need unless something is off like teething or sickness. I have learned the hard way to go with the flow

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starfish30 View Post
    I have learned the hard way to go with the flow
    I relate to this! DS used to only sleep 20minutes a day from 2 weeks until about 3 months! I used to wanna pull my hair out! Now he's just over 6 months and I go with the flow 😊 somedays he will sleep what I feel is a lot during then other days he has next to none. He sleeps through the night (about 10 - 12 hours) if he's happy being up then I don't worry bout it.

    I used to stress about the lack of sleep but I figure he will sleep when he's tired.

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    2 out of 3 boys, no.

    Ds2 was and is the only one who can sleep through bombs going off, and at 2.5yrs will still sometimes put himself to sleep.

    The other 2, difficulties putting to sleep, up after 45 mins during the day and both wake at night. Ridiculous and totally over it!


 

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