Do not let your newborn sleep longer than five hours at a time in the first five to six weeks. Thereafter, you can keep the following general milestones in mind: By four months, most babies begin to show some preferences for longer sleep at night.
Baby sleep schedule: 0-6 weeks
|Your day should start around||7 AM|
|Total hrs of sleep (in a 24-hr period)||15 to 18 hours|
|Naps||3 to 5 naps, each 15 minutes to 3 hours long|
|Time awake between sleeps||30 minutes to 1 hour|
|Longest stretch of nighttime sleep||2 to 4 hours|
Keep in mind that a 6 – week – old baby still needs to nurse about every two to three hours — even during the night (though you should be able to stretch out the night feedings a little longer) — and that she isn’t likely to sleep through the night without a feeding until she’s at least 3-4 months old or older.
General Guidelines for Baby Feeding: Most newborns eat every 2 to 3 hours, or 8 to 12 times every 24 hours. Babies might only take in half ounce per feeding for the first day or two of life, but after that will usually drink 1 to 2 ounces at each feeding. This amount increases to 2 to 3 ounces by 2 weeks of age.
Most babies can sleep 6 or 7 hours at night at about 3 months of age, but some learn to do this much sooner, some as early as 6 to 8 weeks.
6 ways to help your baby sleep through the night Put your baby down drowsy. “Instead of waiting until she’s out, put her down when she’s almost asleep,” says Nieman. Don’t assume she’s hungry. Create a bedtime routine. Stretch out night feedings. Don’t rush into solids.
Am I Doing Enough With My Newborn? Have Tummy Time. While baby should sleep on their back, when they’re awake, baby should have (supervised) time on their tummy. Get Talking. Having a one-sided convo might feel a little silly at first, but hearing you speak does wonders for baby’s language development. Sing a Song. Read a Book. Go Outside. Slow Down.
But here’s the thing to remember – most babies also go through a pretty pronounced growth spurt at 6 weeks, too. And, that growth spurt will likely have your baby waking more often, and seeming to be fussier than usual, simply because your baby will be hungrier than usual, and will need more feedings.
As early as 2 to 3 weeks of age, you may notice your infant has a “ fussy period,” which is typically in late afternoons and evenings. The period of most intense crying tends to peak by 6 weeks, remains stable until about 8 weeks and disappears between 10–12 weeks.
A newborn should be put to the breast at least every 2 to 3 hours and nurse for 10 to 15 minutes on each side. An average of 20 to 30 minutes per feeding helps to ensure that the baby is getting enough breast milk. It also allows enough time to stimulate your body to build up your milk supply.
Newborns should be nursed anytime they cue hunger, but at least every 2 hours during the day and at least once during the night. Once your baby has established a good weight gain pattern (at least 4 ounces per week, for babies under 4 months), you can stop waking baby to nurse and let him set his own pattern.
You cannot overfeed a breastfed baby, and your baby will not become spoiled or demanding if you feed them whenever they’re hungry or need comfort.
Another sample routine for a 6 week old
|6:00||Awake and feed|
|7:00||Bath and bedtime routine|
Growth spurts tend to last approximately 3 days, at which time your baby will reward you for your patience by sleeping well and becoming more alert during his awake time. You may even find that he develops new (and better!) patterns of sleeping and feeding.
Your 6 – week – old baby’s development Breastfed babies should eat as much as they want at this age, but a general rule of thumb is roughly 24 to 32 ounces of pumped breast milk or formula.