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Baby's sleep

A baby's sleep is very different from an adults; it is important because it allows him/her to grow! A baby's sleep cycles are about 50 minutes during which restful and agitated sleep alternates. During the first few weeks, a baby will find it hard to find his/her rhythm. Thereafter, depending on age, a baby will need more or less sleep: 

  • At birth: Approx. 18 to 20 hours
  • From 1 to 3 months: 18 to 19 hours
  • From 4 to 5 months: 16 to 17 hours (Period when times become more stable).
  • From 6 to 8 months: 15 to 16 hours
  • From 9 to 12 months: 14 to 15 hours

In addition to night sleep, a baby needs a nap to rest. Up to 6 months, 3 naps are often needed: one at the end of the morning and two in the afternoon. Then, up to the age of 1, the last nap of the day can be stopped.  

A calm and reassuring environment is ideal for a baby with not too much light but not completely dark. Don't be impatient, a baby needs more time than us to go to sleep!

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