Frequent question: Can a newborn be too sleepy?

Yes, a baby can sleep too much, whether she’s a newborn or an older baby. But in general, a newborn who sleeps all day is more of a potential concern than an older baby who’s sleeping too much, which typically only happens when she’s sick or has had an extra busy day.

How do I know if my baby is too sleepy?

If your newborn is tired, you might see some of the following tired signs:

  1. pulling at ears.
  2. closing fists.
  3. yawning.
  4. fluttering eyelids or difficulty focusing – your baby might even go cross-eyed or seem to be staring into space.
  5. making jerky arm and leg movements, or arching backwards.
  6. frowning or looking worried.

Should you let a newborn sleep as much as they want?

The amount of sleep an infant gets at any one stretch of time is mostly ruled by hunger. Newborns will wake up and want to be fed about every three to four hours at first. Do not let your newborn sleep longer than five hours at a time in the first five to six weeks.

How long do newborns stay so sleepy?

Some newborns sleep for up to four hours at a time. Newborns wake frequently to feed because they have tiny tummies. Your newborn might go straight back to sleep after feeding or they might stay awake long enough for a short play. Some newborns get tired after being awake for 1-1½ hours.

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Why is my newborn baby so sleepy?

Newborns have small stomachs, so they get full quickly. Whether you’re breast-feeding or formula-feeding, being held close and comfortably enhances their sleepiness. This can cause them to fall asleep before they’re full. As a result, they might wake up often to eat.

Can a newborn go 7 hours without eating?

As newborns get older, they’ll nurse less often and have longer stretches between feedings. Newborn babies who are getting formula will likely take about 2–3 ounces every 2–4 hours. Newborns should not go more than about 4–5 hours without feeding.