Generally, newborn babies sleep 15 to 18 hours each day with 6 to 8 of those hours being daytime naps. Newborns can generally be awake and happy for only 45 minutes to one, maybe two hours before needing more sleep. At six months old, babies can stay awake for two to three hours, unfortunately, most babies don’t sleep through the night without feeding or a diaper change.
Because babies’ sleep patterns vary significantly, you will have to learn what is normal for your baby. If, at any time you think there is a problem with your baby’s sleep, be sure to call your doctor. We are always here to help.
It is common for babies to get a red, bumpy rash that resembles acne. This is normal and comes from hormones just before being born. Use gentle soaps when bathing your baby and use detergents made for babies’ sensitive skin when washing clothes, towels, and bibs. If you use lotion on your baby, use a very light, unscented one. Generally, baby acne lasts until the child is between four and six months old. If you think that your baby’s rash is an allergy or more than just baby acne, ask your doctor to take a look during a checkup.
Most babies have a period of time each day when they are ‘fussy’. This happens most often in the evening, but is different for each baby. Generally, this fussiness comes at the same time each day and lasts 2 to 4 hours. You can calm your baby by holding, swaying movement, burping, breastfeeding or rocking. Fussiness is often the result of being tired, over stimulated or beginning a growth spurt.
Usually, fussiness stays at about the same level each day, so you will notice if your baby is more upset than normal. If you are worried, check with your doctor or WIC counselor to see if there is anything else going on.
Some babies get dry, scaly patches on their heads. This is caused by glands on the head producing too much oil. Wash your baby’s hair regularly with gentle soap. You can also try putting a little baby oil on the spots, but be sure to wash this off after 15 minutes.