A newborn baby sleeps most of the day. On average, a newborn baby sleeps between 16 and 18 hours a day. The older the child gets the less it sleeps, and when the child is around 1 year to 1½ years old it will sleep approx. 12-14 hours a day.
Children have different sleep needs. And some children will sleep more or less than the average. Children go through different sleep cycles and will typically wake up every 40-45 minutes and then go into the next sleep cycle. Some children have difficulties going from one sleep cycle to another. As a parent, you can help your child with an easy transition between sleep cycles. You can breastfeed, cradle your baby, sing a song, or offer the baby a pacifier.