For nine months you eagerly awaited the day you'd meet your baby. You dreamed of what he or she would look like, wondered about their personality, and prepared the perfect nursery where they can "sleep like a baby." Yet since your child was born, no one has done much sleeping, and you keep asking yourself "now that I'm a parent, will I ever sleep again?" 

The answer is "yes", but maybe not as much as you'd like or when you would like to sleep. Sleeping late is most likely a distant memory, unless you and your spouse can take turns with the baby while the other catches some extra ZZZs. You can expect to lose somewhere between 400-750 hours of sleep in your baby's first year. Speaking from experience, it might feel like a lot more!

How much sleep should your baby be getting? 

  • Newborn- 2 Months 8.5 hours
  • 2-6 Months 10 hours
  • 6- 12 Months 11-12 hours

First things first, remember this is just a general guideline and all babies are different. Yes your neighbor/sister/best friend's baby may sleep through the night at six weeks, but that doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong.

Tips for getting your baby to sleep, include trying to put them to bed while they're drowsy but still awake. At around six months old you may want to establish a bedtime routine, eat/play/bath followed by bedtime. Try relaxing activities that often help babies get ready for bed like bathing, cuddling, singing or reading.Make sure the baby's room is dark and quiet, you may need to use blackout curtains or a white noise machine. 

 

Remember things get easier as your baby gets older, and you will eventually sleep again. In the meantime, remember they won't always be that small, or want to snuggle, so enjoy it while it lasts. 

How much sleep did you get as a new parent?