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Default How long should a newborn sleep all day and for how many hours? – 12-26-2008, 03:31 AM

My son will be 3 weeks old tomorrow. He only wakes up three times a night, but he sleeps all day long. Waking every four hours to eat and sometimes I have to wake him to eat. I only ask because I have a thyroid disorder and wonder if I may have passed it down. So is it normal for a newborn to sleep all the time? When he is awake he stays awake 1 to 2 1/2 hours.
   
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Default 01-05-2009, 10:13 AM

Most babies that age will sleep 18-20 hours a day. They sleep a lot. It will gradually get less and less until they sleep about 12 hours a day and they do that for a really long time. My two year old still sleeps 12 hrs a day and my two month old sleeps at least 18 hrs a day.
   
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Default 01-12-2009, 09:01 AM

A newborn may sleep as much as 16 hours a day (or even more), often in stretches of 3 to 4 hours at a time. And like the sleep all of us experience, babies have different phases of sleep: drowsiness, REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, light sleep, deep sleep, and very deep sleep. As babies grow, their periods of wakefulness increase.
   
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Default 04-08-2009, 12:42 PM

They say newborns sleep an average of 18 hours a day. My daughter was the exact opposite, and was constantly awake. She still is, actually. Count yourself lucky, and use the time wisely…ie, eating, showering, and sleeping.
   
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Default 04-09-2009, 06:57 PM

This is totally normal. Within about a week or so he’ll be awake longer. Enjoy it while you can.
   
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