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Newborn Schedule and Routine

If you’re an expecting mother getting ready to have a baby for the first time, you may have questions about the newborn schedule and routine. While you are excited about the birth of your baby, you’re probably wondering how often your newborn will stay up, sleep, eat, and more.

It’s normal to want to know the answer to some of the questions, especially as you’re getting closer to your due date. Although each baby is different, keep reading to get a better idea of what to expect after giving birth to your little one.

All about the newborn routine and sleep schedule.

All About the Newborn Schedule and Routine

What Is a Typical Schedule for a Newborn?

The typical schedule for a newborn involves a lot of sleep. Although they’re often sleeping, they’re typically not sleeping for long periods of time. In most instances, your day will begin early in the morning. Most babies will get up around 5 A.M and 7 A.M. It’s normal for a newborn to cry upon awakening because the baby is hungry or needs a diaper change.

You can expect your baby to stay up for about an hour at most. Newborns don’t stay up for too long because they need the rest.

Some only stay up for about 30 minutes before they start falling back to sleep. You can also expect your newborn to take frequent naps.

Some naps last longer than others and will depend on comfort level and noise levels. If it’s too noisy, the baby could get up before he or she is ready.

Upon falling asleep, the average newborn will stay asleep for a maximum of four hours before waking up hungry again.

A newborn baby sleeping.

Should a Newborn Sleep After Every Feed?

Although a newborn doesn’t necessarily need to sleep after a feeding, it’s common for them to fall right back to sleep. During the feeding, it’s an excellent time to interact with your baby.

Make eye contact with your little one and enjoy the close connection. You’re creating a bond with your little one each time you’re feeding the baby.

You may notice that your baby’s eyes start closing toward the end of the feeding. It’s normal. However, you should make sure to burp the baby before allowing him or her to fall asleep.

How Long Should Newborns Be Awake?

Newborns will typically spend as little as 30 minutes awake between rests, but some will stay up for at least an hour before falling asleep again. It’s normal for babies to feel so tired.

Newborns sleep for nearly 16 hours per day until they start to get a bit older, which means they’re spending most of their time resting instead of being awake. Use those sleepless hours to talk to your baby.

Your little one recognizes your voice from those nine months of carrying him or her around. Your voice can soothe your baby, leaving him or her feeling comforted and at ease.

Learn more about a good sleep schedule here.

Do All Newborns Get Up Multiple Times a Night?

If you think your newborn is the only one getting up several times per night, don’t stress it. All newborns will get up throughout the night.

There are a few tips and tricks you can try to help them to learn to sleep through the night, but the simple fact is, it’s something you will almost always have to deal with at some point in time with a new little one. These are good tips to use as they get older also.

You’ll hear them crying for several reasons. In most cases, they’re hungry and need to be fed.

However, some babies will cry in the middle of the night because their diapers are wet, they’re experiencing gas in their stomach, or they no longer feel comfortable.

You can check your baby’s diaper, do a feeding, burp the baby, and then wrap him or her in a comforting swaddle blanket to ensure that your little one feels secure.

Learn about sleep regression and when to expect it with your new baby.

A newborn baby sleeping.


Once you start to get used to the newborn schedule and routine, things will change. As your baby gets older, he or she may sleep for more extended periods at night while staying up a lot longer during the day.

Always keep in mind that each baby is unique so what you may have experienced with a previous child (if you’re a mom of multiples), could be different for the next.

Also, you may want to take note about the various sleep regressions babies go through as they hit each growth-spurt age. Don’t worry, though.

These won’t last forever and they are a good sign that everything is going smoothly with your child’s development.