How Much Sleep Should a 2-Month-Old Get?

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Newborn babies sleep a lot and don't hesitate to tell you when they're tired. Find out how much sleep a 2-month-old should get with help from a parenting professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Christina, and this is "how much sleep should a two-month-old get?" Newborn babies sleep a lot and don't hesitate to tell you when they're tired. Usually, they're sleeping throughout most of the day. A newborn generally needs between 15 to 16 hours a day. I found that some babies, if they have a busy day where they're awake a little bit more throughout the day then they normally would be, then the next day, they want to sleep even more. 15 to 16 hours of sleep doesn't leave you with a lot of waking hours where your baby is alert, and a lot of the time, when they're awake, they're feeding. If you feel like your baby is sleeping a lot, maybe even too much, that's because they need that much sleep. They're growing and learning all the time, and their bodies are growing so fast. They need tons of sleep. Some two months old spend much of their awake time during the day time, and some, unfortunately, spend quite a bit of it at night. Right around now, you can start teaching your baby the differences between day and night time. Beginning a nighttime routine is a great habit as a parent, and a baby. Thanks for watching!

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