How long should a 6-week-old baby sleep?

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How long should a 6-week-old baby sleep?
A baby at 6 weeks old can sleep four to six hours at a time. (sleeping baby image by Diane Stamatelatos from Fotolia.com)

A baby 6 weeks old begins to keep a more regular sleep schedule. According to WebMD, babies at this age usually need about 14 to 15 hours of sleep a day. They do not sleep through the night because they still need a nighttime feeding or two. However, they do begin to sleep more during the night and less during the day. They can sleep stretches of four to six hours.

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Every Baby Is Different

Not all babies sleep the same amount of time or on the same schedule. Babies at 6 weeks can sleep less than 14 hours or more than 15. A baby who is going through a growth spurt may sleep longer. A colicky baby may sleep less.

Bottom Line

Although 6-week-old babies generally need 14 to 15 hours of sleep in a day, every baby is different. Parents should consult a doctor if they have any questions or concerns about their baby's sleep habits.

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