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Most newborn babies sleep more than they do anything else. Your baby will develop his or her own sleeping pattern.

Amount of sleep

It is normal for a tiny baby to sleep 16 to 20 hours a day. Take advantage of your baby’s sleep periods to get the rest that you need.

Sounds and movements

During sleep, your baby may make sucking motions, whimper, smile or move his or her eyes.

Sleeping on their back

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all healthy full-term infants sleep on their backs to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).


Don’t place baby in crib with soft bedding or plush animals. Mattress pads and sheets should fit on mattress properly.