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baby: 0-12 mos.

Babies do not have regular sleep cycles until about 6 months of age. While newborns sleep about 16 to 17 hours per day, they may only sleep 1 or 2 hours at a time. As babies get older, they need less sleep. However, different babies have different sleep needs. It is normal for a 6-month-old to wake up during the night but go back to sleep after a few minutes.

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Sleeping by the Book

Babies may be able to sleep anywhere at any time, but this usually does not coordinate with your normal sleep patterns until about three months. Here are some basic sleep-related milestones so you can set appropriate expectations for yourself and your baby.

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