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NEWBORN GUIDELINES Sleeping
The proper sleeping position for an infant is on the back. Babies must never be placed on the stomach or side to sleep.

At first, newborns often sleep during the day and are awake much of the night, i.e. their days and nights are completely reversed! There isn't much to do about this, but realize that the situation is temporary! The baby's body clock will gradually develop a normal wake-sleep cycle, but until then, we advise mothers to sleep during the day whenever the baby sleeps. By 8 weeks of age, most infants will begin to sleep 5-6 hours at night and entirely through the night by 4-6 months of age.

Parents often have a newborn sleeping in a cradle or bassinet in their room, particularly if the baby is nursing. Babies should be kept in parents' room for the first six months to one year.  Babies should never sleep in parents' bed.  By 4-6 weeks of age, most babies are ready to move from the bassinet into a crib. A bassinet quickly becomes too confining for a baby who has begun to move around at night. This causes more frequent night waking occurs than when sleeping in a larger crib. A baby soon learns to recognize their crib surroundings and to feel quite comfortable there.

At age 3 months, we suggest that you begin to develop a sleep routine, which includes putting the baby into the crib, sleepy but still awake, at both nap time and night time. By 4 months, the baby has learned how to "settle down" on his own to sleep and should begin to sleep 8-10 hours without a night feeding.
NEWBORN GUIDELINES Sleeping
The proper sleeping position for an infant is on the back. Babies must never be placed on the stomach or side to sleep.

At first, newborns often sleep during the day and are awake much of the night, i.e. their days and nights are completely reversed! There isn't much to do about this, but realize that the situation is temporary! The baby's body clock will gradually develop a normal wake-sleep cycle, but until then, we advise mothers to sleep during the day whenever the baby sleeps. By 8 weeks of age, most infants will begin to sleep 5-6 hours at night and entirely through the night by 4-6 months of age.

Parents often have a newborn sleeping in a cradle or bassinet in their room, particularly if the baby is nursing. Babies should be kept in parents' room for the first six months to one year.  Babies should never sleep in parents' bed.  By 4-6 weeks of age, most babies are ready to move from the bassinet into a crib. A bassinet quickly becomes too confining for a baby who has begun to move around at night. This causes more frequent night waking occurs than when sleeping in a larger crib. A baby soon learns to recognize their crib surroundings and to feel quite comfortable there.

At age 3 months, we suggest that you begin to develop a sleep routine, which includes putting the baby into the crib, sleepy but still awake, at both nap time and night time. By 4 months, the baby has learned how to "settle down" on his own to sleep and should begin to sleep 8-10 hours without a night feeding.
There are only two lasting
bequests we can hope to give
our children. One of these is
roots, the other, wings.”
— Hodding Carter