How much sleep do newborn babies need according to age?
While newborn sleep needs still vary from baby to baby, they should be spending 75% of their time sleeping at first, while the rest of the time is spent on feeding and changing. According to the National Sleep Foundation:
“Newborns sleep a total of 10.5 to 18 hours a day on an irregular schedule with periods of one to three hours spent awake. The sleep period may last a few minutes to several hours.”
But don’t worry; as they get older, they will need less sleep and it should slowly become less erratic. It may help to keep a log for your newborn to track their sleep and waking schedule.
In the meantime, these are the recommended sleep time ranges for newborns at various stages: