Sleeping and Safety for Newborns
Different babies have different sleep needs. Some babies will only wake up for feedings, while others may stay awake for more than 12 hours at a time. New babies tend to have at least one long sleep period (about four or five hours) every day or night. While your baby will slowly develop her own sleep schedule, you can coax a normal day-night pattern by:
Your baby should sleep on her back. This helps prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), which is also known as crib death. SIDS is linked to babies sleeping on their stomachs. Only use light blankets to cover your baby if needed.
Keeping Your Baby Safe
Most recent page update: 9/9/2010
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