Many parents find themselves sleep-deprived soon after bringing home a baby. New babies cannot sleep for long stretches and require frequent feedings. By 10 weeks sleeping patterns will probably begin to emerge, and caregivers can get at least a few good chunks of sleep each night. It's important to teach babies how to sleep, once they're old enough to not need to eat every few hours.
Required Sleep and Beginning Schedules
A baby is typically not ready to stop night-time feeding until about 12 weeks, according to babycenter.com. Ten-week-old babies require night-time feedings and will be on an irregular schedule. They require 14 to 18 hours of sleep daily; some at night along with frequent daytime naps. They generally sleep for 2 to 4 hours at a time.
Developing a More Predicable Schedule
At 6 to 8 weeks, many babies start sleeping longer stretches at night and shorter periods during the day. Some can sleep through most of the night by 12 weeks, but others may continue to wake up well after the 12-week mark. Ten-week-old infants won't likely sleep through the night, but they may be sleeping for 2 or 3 long stretches, allowing caregivers to get more refreshing sleep.
Good Sleep Habits
You can begin establishing good sleep habits for babies as early as 2 weeks old. This helps teach the baby the difference between night and day. Interact with the baby as much as possible during the day, but resist talking or playing with the baby during night-time diaper changes and feedings. For babies to learn how to sleep, they need a set evening routine: bath-time, story-time and putting the baby to bed when he or she is sleepy.
Sample 10-Week-Old's Schedule
Babies' sleeping schedules will vary, but this would be a typical 10-week-old's schedule: 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.--sleep; 2 to 2:30 a.m.--awake; 2:30 to 6:30 a.m.--sleep, 6:30 to 8:30 a.m.--awake; 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.--sleep; 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.-- awake; 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.--sleep, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.--awake; 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.--sleep, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.-- awake; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.--sleep, 8:30 to 10 p.m.--awake.