This will now take less time, as you and your baby are more in tune with one another. Your baby should have 5 feeds in 24 hours. During the day, they’ll be every 3–4 hours, and at night every 6–8 hours. Some days your baby might demand more feeds during the day or overnight, which is normal. By 6 months many babies will be ‘sleeping through’ the night – having their last feed at 10pm and the first at 5am or 6am.
Tips for sleeping
If you are borrowing a cot or purchasing a second hand one, it is advisable to buy a new mattress which is clean and firm. Make sure your cot (whether it’s new or second hand) meets Australian safety standards:
Visit Product Safety Australia (ACCC) and follow the link to ‘Baby & nursery.’ www.productsafety.gov.au
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