Q&A: Baby sleeping too much?

Melissa writes:

"I have a question about my baby that I almost hesitate to ask, but here goes…

First a little history:  My daughter was born at 36 weeks gestation by
urgent c-section. (breech, low amniotic fluid, cord wrapped around her
neck). I had been monitored at the hospital for decreased fetal movement
earlier in the week and then we had the 36 week ultrasound where we
found she'd need to be born that night!  It was kind of a terrorizing
experience with a happy ending. She is now a beautiful, round, healthy
girl of 6.5 months, 18 lb, 27" long.  Pardon all the info, but I'm not
sure what's relevant.

I'm a first time mom who is slowly shaking off the terrifying
circumstances of my daughter's birth.  Please pardon me if I'm worrying
about something silly.

My question is about sleep. Not your typical question, but how much is
too much?  How did your (and your readers') kids typically sleep at this

My girl started sleeping through the night at 10 weeks. She is breastfed
for the most part (I work 2 days a week and can't pump enough for her
so she gets 2 bottles of formula each if those days.  Also, she eats a
meal of rice cereal (1/4 cup) at lunch and a veggie and a fruit at
dinner (around 6 oz total) every day.  Now that she seems more satisfied
with the additional solids, she is sleeping between 12 and 14 hours a
night.  Also? If she sleeps 12 hours, she takes a morning and an
afternoon nap of 2 hours each.  If she sleeps 14,
She takes an afternoon nap of 2 hours.  She will also usually take a 30
min catnap around dinner.  This means she's sleeping around 16.5 hours a
day!  Can that be right?  Really?  She is cheerful and active when shes
awake (wants to roll in one direction, sit up, walk while holding my
hands or endlessly eat-no interest in rolling the other way or
crawling.)  Everyone I've asked brushes me off and tells me they wished
they had my problems, but I still feel like this is really weird.  Is
she bored of me when she's awake?  Is she healthy?  I just need some
data from other moms or dads."

Thank goodness we have the technology to do emergency c-sections. I'm glad you're both here.

Now, I think this sounds like more than the average amount of sleep for full-term babies by an hour or two. But still, bear in mind that there's variance in normal. My older one slept consistently about 90 minutes less per day than my younger one did. He just doesn't seem to need as much sleep, and he gave up naps a year earlier than his brother did, too. 

I do think that preemie tend to sleep more, based on anecdotal evidence from the preemie babies and their parents that I've known. One of my friends just had a full-termer after having a 35-weeker, and she was shocked at how little this second one sleeps compared to her first, who was basically asleep all day and night for the first year. So my suspicion is that this is a result of her early delivery.

The bottom line, though, is that if she's happy and engaged and eating and pooping and smiling and grabbing for things and understanding you when you talk to her, the amount of sleep she's getting is fine for her.

Data points from other parents of early babies? And if your kids slept a lot when they were babies, have they kept on sleeping more than the average as they've grown?

56 thoughts on “Q&A: Baby sleeping too much?”

  1. My daughter has always slept less than average. At 7, she sleeps maybe 10 hours at night. She has slept this amount since she was 4. Her younger brother is now 4 and sleeps almost 11 hours at night AND takes a 1.5-2 hour nap every day.It used to bother me that my daughter slept less than the average amount, but I have come to embrace that she just needs less sleep and as long as she can function and be productive at school, I am not going to worry about it anymore.

  2. My girl was a 34-weeker also due to low fluid. She slept A LOT in the beginning. People even made comments when they were surprised to see her awake. Now, at just over 8 months, she doesn’t sleep anywhere near as much during the day. We still have great nights – goes down between 6pm and 7pm and sleeps until 5:30am or 6am. So, that’s 10.5-12hrs. I think she would probably sleep longer in the morning if I didn’t have to get her up and ready before I go to work. She goes back to sleep for about an hour, though, before her daddy takes her to my mom’s for the day.We have always had a problem with naps, though, partially because she doesn’t want to miss anything. For the most part, we get a morning and afternoon nap for an hour each on good days. So, on a really good day, she’ll sleep about 15 hours. No idea if that’s normal or not, but she’s generally happy and it works for us.

  3. My son was a week early and has always been a SLEEPER. He loves to sleep. At 19 months he will get his blanket and paci and lie down on the floor saying ‘night night’. He eats well, is happy and playful when he is awake, but he still sleeps 12 hours a night and takes 1-2 naps a day totaling 3-4 hours. I too, worried that he was sleeping too much in the beginning, but I decided not to rock the boat! I love my happy sleeper! Hang in there mama, you are doing great.

  4. My daughter, born at 40 wkd and a few days, slept about as much ad the questioner’s baby at hat age and before. It worried me a bit, but she was/is healthy and happy so I just thanked my lucky stars that she was a “better” sleeper than my son. He was never muc interested in naps. My girl is now a year old and sleeps a little more than average.Enjoy your healthy sleepy baby!

  5. My little guy was full term and has always slept a lot. He’s 16 months old and sleeps at least 12 hours a night with usually 2-3 hours of napping in the day (sometimes in one nap and sometimes in two). In fact, the last two days I’ve been putting him to bed an hour earlier and he’s still slept in as late. I think Moxie is right in that some kids just sleep more than others!

  6. My daughter was born at 35 weeks and has always needed less sleep than her peers. She’s 2.5 now, and finally slept through the night at 2 years 4 months. I don’t have input on the quantity of sleep that preemies get/need versus full term infants, but I’ve read several books that state that preemies have a harder time self-soothing. So, count me in the camp that says the OP should be happy with the quantity and duration of sleep her daughter is getting. 🙂 That said, preemies do have an increased incidence of anemia from iron deficiency (which can result in fatigue) — if the OP remains concerned, it might be worth asking at the next check up.

  7. My daughter wasn’t early, but she still sleeps a lot and always has. Even now, days from her 2nd birthday, she sleeps 10-11 hrs at night and has one afternoon nap of 2-3 hrs. As I recall, at 6 or 7 months, she was still doing several (3-5) 45-60 min naps/day and sleeping at least 12-13 hrs most nights with one early morning feeding around 4 or 5 am.

  8. My daughter has always slept more than normal, though she’s never been thrilled to actually sleep. At 18 months she’s sleeping 12-13 hrs at night and takes a 1-2 hr nap. So on a good day she will sleep 15 hrs. She was not a preemie, but is very, very high energy when she’s awake. She also has a tendency to get easily overwhelmed by sensations and experiences, so I think she just needs the down time of sleep to absorb everything she’s learning.I would say that at 6.5 months, 16.5 hrs of sleep is a great amount to be sleeping. Unless she seems lethargic or sickly in other ways, I wouldn’t worry about it. She may just need more sleep than other kiddos, like mine apparently does.

  9. My oldest son was a 35-weeker and never liked to sleep when he was a baby. He would be up several times a night, sometimes for hours at a time, and hated to nap. Things didn’t get better until we moved him to a toddler bed at 15 months old (out of sheer desperation/try anything mentality just to get some sleep) – I think he hated his crib. Now at almost 3 he’ll sleep between 9 and 11 hours at night and take 3 hour naps. My younger son was born at 39 weeks, and now at 7 months he’s sleeping about 11 hours at night, mostly straight through, but WILL NOT NAP (well nothing longer than 45 minutes unless he’s held)…so who knows.

  10. Whether it correlates or not, I don’t know. My girl was born at 33 weeks due to PPROM. I would say that she slept alot, but often fitfully at first until we diagnosed her reflux issues. At about 3 months, she became an all night sleeper. I think it was around 9 months that she settled into a sleep 12 hours at night, plus a morning and a late afternoon nap routine. I would say her naps totaled about 4 hours, which brings us to about 16 hours of sleep everyday. She is now almost 3 and NEEDS that 12 hours at night and then she has a single nap during the day of 2-3 hours.All of that is to say, I guess she sleeps alot, but she is happy when she gets the sleep and makes everyone miserable when she doesn’t. I am super protective of her getting all the sleep that she needs/wants. I don’t question it. She is on target with her motor skills and her speech is off the charts good. No complaints from me.

  11. My daughter was born at 41 weeks with a normal delivery. At 6 months she was sleeping about 13-14 hours a day (and was a horrible napper). By contrast, my neighbor’s kid who was also full-term and a few months older was sleeping 18 hours a day. I was so jealous (she got soooo much done during his 2 2+ hours naps on weekends)! Both were happy, healthy kids. Now, at age 4, mine still naps while hers gave up the nap about 7 months ago. As long as she’s happy and developing on schedule I wouldn’t worry.

  12. My son was born 10 days before his due date, no complications, and he slept a lot (long naps, mostly good nighttime sleep). He is 3.5 now, and still naps for 1-3hrs/day (depends where he is, he gets about 1 to 1.5hrs at daycare, he can have 2-3 at home). He also has gone 1-2 days in a row without naps at this point, and doesn’t seem to be any crankier for it. We are just waiting for the naps to impact nighttime sleep before we remove them, right now, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!! He does get up moderately early (between 5:45 and 6:30 most mornings) after a 7pm “bedtime” (so he is asleep by 7:45pm-8:15pm)

  13. Running out and haven’t read the other posts. Sorry if this is a repeat.I’m not sure whether your girl is sleeping more than normal or not. What I want to acknowledge is your concern. If you’re uncomfortable with the amount of sleep she’s having then you’re right to search for information. I am NOT saying this because I think anything is wrong. I’m suggesting you keeping looking until you find the answer that fills your needs as her mother so you can trust yourself and go back to enjoying her with no worries.
    Having had a child with birth issues, I know fear is the first place we go when anything feel questionable. It’s a process to learn how to manage those feelings and which feelings to trust.
    As moms we’re linked to our intuition and to our children. Following your impulses is critical. So if you feel like something is off, then keep searching for an answer until YOU feel satisfied. That’s how mothering works.
    Applause to you for following your intuition here to Ask Moxie. If you aren’t satisfied with the answers, keep looking until you are satisfied. Then and only then will you relax and move on.

  14. Obsessive First-time mom commenting now….I have ‘sleep data’ of every day of my daughter’s life (she is now 8 months). She is a short-napper, so I have spent countless hours calculating, analyzing, & researching her sleep patterns. I had the opposite concern of the OP – that my baby wasn’t sleeping enough! Despite the fact that she seemed good-tempered and engaged, I was obsessed with the fact that she was shy of the target sleep hours for her age.
    So, it has taken 8 months and feedback from actual sleep experts…and you know what? If the baby seems well-rested, particularly by the end of the day (between 4-5pm), then they are getting what the need. The “total” hours of sleep is not the best indicator of how well-rested the child is.
    And, just wanted to quickly say – 4 hrs of naps per day? (A tear…) Just kidding…that’s great!

  15. Wanted to clarify, as the purpose is to reassure Melissa – do not worry much about the TOTAL sleep hours, even if your baby is higher than average. The being well-rested thing is more important than the number thing, no matter what the number is.

  16. I have a 36 week son born in very similar circumstances as your daughter and his sleep is very similar. Now that he’s a year old he’s sleeping 14 to 15 hours a day. I haven’t worried about it. In fact I’ve rejoiced since my first was a MISERABLE sleeper.

  17. Mine were all full term (between 39 and 41 weeks) and one slept 11 hours max from birth. (So when he slept 10 hours in a stretch for a few weeks, he catnapped for 20 minutes during the day)The other slept 20+ hours at birth. 16 hours plusat 6 months.
    Third was somewhere in between.

  18. I want to point out that the books and doctors and everyone talk about an “average” amount of sleep for kids. Some kids need less sleep and are one end of the bell curve. Some kids need more sleep and are a the other end of the bell curve. The average is in the middle of the bell curve.I worried that my daughter wasn’t getting enough sleep, but she is just at one end of the bell curve. Perhaps your daughter is just at the other. If we average your kid and my daughter’s sleep, we’d probably get the average amount! It doesn’t stop us from worrying, though, does it?

  19. I remember having this concern for a while. I spent the first 6 months of my son’t life worrying that he didn’t sleep enough (seriously, he NEVER slept). Then I spent most of his second year worrying that he slept waaaaay too much (like 12.5 hours at night plus 2.5 – 3 hour nap daily). Then the 2.5 year old sleep regression hit and we were down to 9 – 10.5 hours at night and 0 – 1.5 hours during the day, and I was pulling my hair out. Now, suddenly, we’re approaching his 3rd birthday and we’re back to 11 hours at night, 2 hours during the day. Which is lovely. Soo…. nothing but sympathy. I worry no matter what is going on.

  20. I think 16.5 hours falls within the normal range. I don’t honestly know how much my now 10 month old slept at that age, and all I can tell you about the now 3 year old is that she slept less than average, so less than this!However, Ann Douglas’ sleep book has a table showing average sleep as reported by parents and also the recommendations from the AAP and somebody else. I’m at work, so I don’t have the book, but I did add the info to my baby development cheat sheet (notes I started keeping, since I am too sleep deprived to remember what I read):
    Here’s what I typed in for 6 months:
    “National Sleep Foundation Pediatric Task Force recommends 14-15 hours sleep. American Academy of Pediatrics recommends 16-20 hours. Parents report and average of 13.1 hours, with 9.3 at night and 3.8 during the day.”
    But I also think that if you’re really worried, you should call your pediatrician. They are used to first time moms calling with oddball questions, and a question about a baby who is sleeping a lot might be a refreshing change of pace for them…. Don’t feel silly for calling. We all do it. Everything is freaky when you’re a new mom- it is normal. I actually asked my pediatrician about how much my first daughter sweated in her sleep. I know this, because I wrote the question down in the book I use for doctor’s visits. I look at that now, and can only laugh.

  21. My son (40 weeks gest) also staarted sleeping 12 hour nights at 10 weeks like Melissa’s. His naping was crap up until 6 months though, but once it started to consolidate, on top of the 12-13 hours at nigh, he was also sleeping an hour in the morning and 2-3 in the afternoon. That is a total of 15-16 hours a day. He was hitting all the milestones, on time, but was a little ‘lazy’ when in came to crawling ( 10 months) and walking (15 mnoths). He never regressed as far as sleep went, and was/is a docile little chappy most of the time.He is still a kid who liks his sleep. At 5.5 exactly he is still napping ( 4 out of 7 days) an hour a day and still sleeps 11/12 hours a night. He is also one of those kids that gets tired easily. If he sleeps a bit more in the afternoon, I’ll take him for a ride n his bike, or a run around the park and it is certain to exhaust him.
    My daughter also slept a lot in the first 4 months of life. She started sleeping 12 hour nights at 6 weeks. Then it all went pear shape at 16 weeks ( and I’m still paying for all my good luck early on now at 3.5 years !! )

  22. My kid is 14 months old and still sleeps this much. He, too, slept through the night at 10 weeks, and napped for 4+ hours a day. Still does a year later. He was born early under similar circumstances, and is just a laid back kid who loves to sleep in general. Enjoy it!

  23. At #2’s four month check up I asked the doctor when she was going to start waking up. She was sleeping 20 hours a day then! Now at 19 months she still sleeps 14 or 15 a day. Much different than #1 who has capped out at 12 hours of total sleep no matter what the age.Enjoy the happy baby!

  24. Our LO was preemie too – 35 weeks – and born in crazy circumstances that I won’t detail here. She slept like a champ in many short bursts (on the NICU three hour schedule) for the first while but has since leveled off – she is nearly a year now and driving me crazy with her short naps. Enough about me.I completely agree with asking your pediatrician since fatigue can be a symptom of iron deficiency anemia and many preemies deal with that. But if baby is already on an iron supplement, or your formula has iron in it, that is less likely, particularly since she is already eating rice cereal (assuming it is iron fortified).
    To me, it sounds like you just have a happy baby who is catching up on her growth by sleeping and eating lots. Congratulations!! But do ask the doctor – it is worth your peace of mind, and I completely get the extra worries that come with complicated births and the infant development of our extra special little tiny preemies. Sometimes, like Sharon says, these little things that can be dismissed as “you should be grateful! she’s sleeping!” are real hints that something is amiss, and mother’s intuition can’t be beat for early detection of potential issues.

  25. My son had almost exactly that same pattern from age 5.5 mos until about 16 months. He was born right at 40 weeks. (Also a traumatic c-section) He would sleep 12-14 hours at night and an average of 3 hours worth of naptime. He’s almost two now, and he sleeps about 10-11 hours at night and 1.5-2 hours in one afternoon nap. He’s a good sleeper and a good eater, and it generally a very sweet little guy. I just count myself super duper lucky.

  26. This doesn’t sound excessive to me. Sleep regressions aside, here’s what I remember of my kids’ sleeping patterns at that age (before giving up the third nap):Daughter:
    10-11 hours at night
    1 1/2 hour nap in morning
    1 1/2 hour nap in afternoon
    1/2 hour nap in evening
    total about 14 hours per day
    12 hours at night
    1 1/2 hour nap in morning
    45 minute nap in afternoon
    45 minute nap in evening
    total about 15.5 hours per day
    After giving up the third nap, my kids’ nighttime sleep amounts didn’t change much, but their daytime naps got longer to compensate.
    Now this isn’t to say that all those sleep times went swimmingly and there wasn’t some waking up and not wanting to go back to sleep, etc, etc, but as a general rule, those were the amounts.
    At 6 and 4 1/2, they now average about 10 1/2 to 11 1/2 hours at night with no naps. I think that’s average-ish. (I’ve never much cared about amount with my kids: what I care about is whether or not they’re well-enough rested to not act like feral hyenas at dinner. Standards — low as they may be, I haz them.)

  27. 40 weeks, very lucky easy birth, has never slept 14 hours in a day unless sick, not even the day after being born. I was much like @Stephanie, worrying about whether the happy active baby could possibly be getting enough sleep since all the books said she should be sleeping more. Life got much better when I stopped reading the books and comparing to other babies. 🙂 Now she’s a 6-year-old who needs 10 hours or so and can manage fine on 9 in a pinch.

  28. Sorry – don’t have time to read the other posts, but my daughter was born at 39 wks, and she also slept just as you described. I think you should check with your pediatrician if you feel concerned, but I think every kid has her/his sleep needs for specific times of growth, etc.ps. In our case, all that beautiful sleep time didn’t last beyond 2 yo, and at 3 yo she fights sleep like the dickens. Calgon, take me away!

  29. This really is not first-hand, but my DH was born at 34 weeks which was then very premature. How terribly traumatic an emergency C-section is, but I am so grateful for DH and so glad that OP and her baby are both here.As a baby DH slept a lot, more than the OP’s baby for about 18 months. His older brother, not happy about being ” dethroned” at age 6 told everyone his little brother was retarded and always asleep.
    My MIL remembered so well as she was so embittered that at 18 months it all went to heck with the sleep. Night-owl, fighting sleep.He’s still that way.
    Our DD was born at 42 weeks and it has been to heck all the way. Night-owl, fighting sleep, nap went forever at 18 months. She slept so much less than others her age that I got terribly worried.
    We saw a sleep expert who said that as long as she was active, happy, not cranky and hyperactive, or cranky and falling asleep she was getting the sleep she needed.
    DD was sweetly playing with the toys in his consulting room, doing the fine motor skills. Mummy was kind of the wreck of the Hesperus due to no uninterrupted sleep.
    My friend’s DD was still sleeping 12 hours, from 7 to 7 and still napping for two hours at 18 months.
    Said friend complained when at 15 months two two hour naps turned into one.
    She’s had another baby since and it’s a champion sleeper also.
    Not much point to this, sorry, but as other commenters have said so much better this amount of sleep at 6 months is well in the range and if baby is happy when awake all really is well. But if the mother instinct says there’s a problem do ask for help.
    It must be so frustrating for the OP to have sleep-deprived parents tell her how ” lucky” she is. No point to that, you get the child you have and it sleeps as it does.

  30. my kids have always been worse-than-typical sleepers,but I have a couple of friends whose kids have swung the other way. One had a fantastic sleeper who now, at nearly 6, still sleeps 12 hours a night and takes a 2 hour afternoon nap after school. Seriously. And she’s a mess if she doesn’t get it. Her second child is a pretty typical sleeper and man is she taking it hard! Another friend has two really good sleepers. She remembers being shocked, SHOCKED when, at age 2.5, they finally dropped their morning naps. Both are pretty standard sleepers now at 7 and 9.So, yes, it sounds like she sleeps more than is typical, but if all other signs are good, you may have just won the jackpot when it comes to sleep.

  31. My girls were born at 32 weeks and slept a similar amount at that age. 12 hours at night, 3-4 hours of naps during the day. My girls are sleepers, they need a lot of sleep. I’ve never been sure if that was because they were born small, so we made sure they got their sleep (you grow when you sleep!), or if that’s just their personality.Even now that they’re 2.5, I can tell the difference if they get less sleep at night, they are crankier.

  32. My baby was born at normal gestational age and has always been a big sleeper. I was worried too and always felt completely ridiculous. No one wants to hear about your sleeping baby “problems”. It seems like everyone just says, “I wish a had that problem!” and blows you off. He slept through the night from 12 weeks old for 8-10 hours, then quickly started sleeping 12-13 hours every night. He also had a morning nap and an afternoon nap of 1-2 hours each. At around a year his two naps merged into one 2-3 hour nap and he was still sleeping on average of 12-13 hours per night. Now, at 2 and a half, he’s mostly given up his naps, but now can sleep from 12-14 hours a night. So:*At 4 months – 14-17 hours a day.
    *At 12 months – 14-16 hours a day.
    *At 29 months – 12-14 hours a day usually. (An occasional 2 hour nap too depending on the level of activity that day.)
    Like I said, I worried about it forever, but his development is normal, he’s healthy, he’s happy, etc. So I let it go. I think he’s just on the higher end of average and needs a bit more than other kids.

  33. I second the comment about getting her tested for anemia. My son was 35 wks and at his 12 month check up we discovered that he was majorly anemic. He also had no iron reserves. He had two bottles of formula at school and iron fortified cereal but it just wasn’t enough. Those last few weeks are when babies create their iron stores and so premmies usually start out low to begin with. The doctor said that there is a point where you need to iron supplement, food itself is not going to help.

  34. My MIL had two boys, both to term and both delivered vaginally. My husband was a typical sleeper but gave up naps early at about one year. He loved mornings and was raring to go (still is much to my morning hating chagrin). His brother on the other hand, who is four years younger slept continuously. They sometimes even had to wake him up to eat! In fact one day when he was about three or so they thought he had gone missing, but actually he was just asleep next to his bed on the floor. My MIL said that she went to the doctor and asked the same thing, “Is this normal?” to which the doctor said that yes it was indeed normal and that she should consider herself lucky. Now, thirty-plus years later the boys are both engaging, affable, smart engineers with families of their own.I’m not sure why some kids sleep more, but I thought it might help you feel better if you knew that a big sleeper turned out just fine.

  35. I think that different kids need different amounts of sleep. My older son slept about the same as what you are describing. As he grew, he continued to need more sleep. He will be five soon, and he still sleeps more than most of his peers. My younger son has never in his life slept that many hours in one day. 🙂 He didn’t need much sleep when he was younger. Even now, he goes to bed later, wakes up earlier, and naps a shorter nap than his big brother.I would agree with others who say that as long as you’re watching the signs and tuned into your child, you will probably notice if there is an issue. Right now, I’d enjoy it! If you have more, the next one might not be nearly that sleepy. 🙂

  36. Fitz-Hume and Milbarge were born at 36 weeks.Unbeknownst to us until later, Fitz-Hume had a pretty effed up placenta and had basically been starving inside me. For months and months, all she wanted to do was eat, sleep and poop, sometimes managing to pull off all three simultaneously while clinging to me like a monkey. She was spectacularly and noticeably uninterested in everything else.
    My theory is that she’d found that whole gestational experience to be somewhat lackluster, therefore she was bound and determined to keep doing the basics until she was damned good and ready to participate in the world on her own terms.
    …and then one day she just stopped sleeping, and hasn’t wanted to do it since (goddamnit). Terrible sleeper, that child.
    I think back on the days when we used to have to wake her up to feed her (doctor’s orders!) and laugh in that “Sleep deprivation makes everything funny! The Fraggles have a dry wit that rivals Shakespeare, I tell you!” way.

  37. I’m skipping the comments of others since I am on a limited time table, but I can give you the info on my own daughter, full-term, induced at exactly 40 weeks for her larger-than-average size. (Healthy – no problems. U/S estimated her way bigger than she was)Anyhow, she has always been a wonderful sleeper. She was exclusively breastfed for 6 mos and then we breastfed w/ intro of solids and some supplementation of formula after that. But she slept 12 hours regularly at that age and always had very healthy naps. What Melissa is describing is EXACTLY what my daughter did.
    (At 2.5, my daughter still sleeps an average of 10-12 hours at night and has one nap in the middle of the day that typically averages about 3 hours. Sometimes more, sometimes less. She also typically wakes on her own in the mornings, so I know that she is getting her own allotted amount of sleep at night!)

  38. My daughter was full-term, and slept that much, too. I remember worrying a bit, and researching it, and realizing it is still within the norm! I am happy to report that at almost 7 she still loves her sleep, and is an incredibly happy, bright girl! 🙂 Relax and enjoy it!

  39. I have a 34 weeker and a 36 weeker… neither of them sleeps that much! 🙂 My first (36 weeker) always is on the lower end of sleep. At 6 months he took 45 minute naps and slept from maybe 10PM to 7AM – he STTN then. And around 6.5 months stopped and it was hell for another 10-12 months before he started sleeping again. Even now at 3 1/2, he sleeps like 9-ish hours at night and a 1 1/2 hour nap.My little guy – 34 weeker – sleeps from 9PM til 6 or 7AM, with 1-3 wakeups per night. Then a catnap or two in the morning (poor second kid gets naps on the go) and then a 1-3 hour nap in the afternoon). So maybe 12-13 hours total a day – he’s 10 months now.
    I would die for that sleep schedule the original poster has!! bliss.

  40. I’ve got a 28 week premmie and he’s always been a bad sleeper. He never needed as much as the books suggested and additionally he came home waking up every four hours or so in the night and he still does it 4 looooonnnnggg years later….But I’m not sure if it really has anything to do with him being so premature: I just think he’s one of those kids who just don’t need all that much sleep. I was one myself. My sister, on the other hand, could sleep 20 hours out of the 24 as a child and can still do it.

  41. Well, my first was term (40wks exactly), and was a big sleeper. Once we got past the 6wk growth spurt he slept like a champ at night. He completely gave up night feedings by 4 months, and would sleep from 11-13hrs overnight. He would also take two naps per day, catnaps at daycare, but longer ones at home. So on an average day he probably slept around 16-17hrs. He kept his nap until he was almost 4yrs old and now at 4.5 sleeps about 10.5hrs a night, with occasional afternoon naps sprinkled in.My second was born at 39w7d and is 8.5 months. He has just given up his night feeding. He wasn’t quite the sleeper that his big brother was, but still got into a good sleep pattern pretty early on. Right now we’re averaging 11hrs at night with two 1.5-2.5hr naps during the day.
    I think some kids just sleep more. Thank your lucky stars that you got a sleeping model.

  42. I had an emergency c-section with my DS and it was very traumatizing. I say this only to let you know that you’re not alone in that and that it does get better as you have more time with your daughter and have many wonderful experiences that distance you from the birth experience.That said, my DS is a rambunctious little man and sleep is still erratic and fraught with drama for him at 3 (“But it takes sooo long to sleep!”, he says.) So, hopefully, there is no reason to worry about your daughter’s sleep and you can relax and enjoy. Good luck!

  43. My little one (now 2.5yrs) has always been a wakeful baby and still doesn’t sleep much. I have in front of me the chart of how many hours babies sleep at different ages. It is like the weight/growth charts with a 10% curve and a 50% curve and a 90% curve but for hours of sleep at different ages. So my little one has always been on the 10% line and still is. For a 6 month old, 16 hours of sleep in 24 is on the 90% line, which is lots of sleep but nothing to worry about.fww, my sister was always a very sleepy baby (my mother delighted in telling us when our little one never slept). And she is now a lawyer with an IQ over 140. So I don’t think there is any reason to worry about sleep, just enjoy it!

  44. My son is almost 7 but has adhd and I have a nerotypical 5 year old. Usually ADHD kids don;t sleep well but not my son. He napped happily till he started kindergarten at almost 6. He presently still sleeps about 12 to 14 hours a day. My 5yo still naps occasionally and also sleeps close to 14 hours a night. They go to bed at about 7:30 pm and wake up about 8am or later lately. This changes with school but they love to sleep.My older son was born 4 days after his due date and my younger son was induced at 38 weeks.

  45. BabyT arrived in a scheduled C-section because she was running low on amniotic fluid, at 39 weeks. I had not had a single contraction before that, so she was likely going to stay put until someone told her it was time to come out 🙂 7.5lbs at birth.She is super-healthy and HUGE – was back to her birthweight by 2 weeks and just kept getting bigger.
    She started sleeping through the night at 9 weeks (!), 7-8 hours at first, then up to 12 hours without a peep at 12 weeks. She also napped for 45-90 min 3-4 times a day in the early times so it also seemed like she was never awake.
    But I’m a high sleep need person so I figure she might have gotten that from me.
    Sadly, she stopped sleeping through around 6.5 months 🙁 but is still a champion napper at 11 months. Since about 9 months she still takes 2 1.5-2 hr naps during the day, and sleeps a total of around 11-ish hours a night, with 1-2 wakings.
    I think she’d probably sleep less if she stopped waking up at night, but we haven’t really worked on that yet, since I can live with one night feeding and she is genuinely hungry.
    One thing to check might be your baby’s iron level, if you still feel like something is wrong. It’s an easy test.
    Good luck, and it’s not weird to wonder if your baby sleeps too much – people asked me about it all the time. However, my girl was happy when she woke up, and is very even-tempered and mellow, so I think she needs it.

  46. My boys have always slept alot. The first is non-stop action during the day and literally exhausts himself. At 5 and a half he is sleeping 11 – 12 hours overnight.My second has 2, 3 or 4 hours naps during the day and then sleeps 10 – 12 hours overnight, with one waking for a nappy change. He recently had grommets put in and his adenoid removed (before the op he was waking 3 even 4 times a night). I have suspected he had sleep apnoea since he was about 3 weeks old and the ENT said that he might be sleeping so much because his sleep is of such poor quality.
    If you notice your baby snoring, coughing or catching her breath in her sleep it might be worth talking to your doctor about her sleep. There are a lot of reasons why your bub is sleeping so much, and most are no cause for concern.
    My new saying: it’s better to be paranoid than sorry…

  47. Sleep is so individual, that even if this is on the high side for six months, it’s not neccesarily wrong or a problem. I agree with all of the people who recommended chatting with your pediatrician. My guess is that they’ll just say that there’s a wide band of normal — if you have reasons to worry (poor growth, not hitting developmental milestones, something seems off and is pinging your intuition) then I’d really push for brainstorming what might be wrong. If your practice has nurse practitioners, I find they’re frequently able to spend more time on this kind of problem-solving.BUT, if your baby seems happy and growing and delightful, but just sleeps a lot, that’s probably just FINE.
    Also, she’s big enough that she may be waking up to play/practice skills like rolling, etc. She may or may not really be sleeping all the way through the night. It’s great, though, if she’s able to amuse herself and get back to sleep without you if that is the case!

  48. Hi Anon:My son (21 months) was full term and he never ever slept sa much as your daughter currently sleeps. SO JEALOUS!
    My friend’s daughter who is about 6 months younger sleeps for like 3+ hours in the day and 12 hours at night. Which is about 4 hours more than what my son did when he was her age. And both are happy, healthy kids. So, I wouldn’t worry too much!

  49. A standard German language “baby manual” lists averages and percentiles for sleep duration as a function of age. The range (I think 5 – 95 percentile) for a 6 month old is from 12 to 17.5 hrs/day. So when my daughter was down to 12 hrs/day at about 4 months I thought “Oh, tough luck” and did not worry much, as she was otherwise happy and energetic. Hope that will help you to enjoy your ‘good’ luck.By the way my birth story was similar to yours and it also took me a long time to recover from the shock. In the first few months I felt a lot of love for my daughter, but was otherwise mainly numb and fearful. I’m sorry that you had to go through something like that!

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