Whoever coined the term "sleep like a baby" didn't seem to know much about them, because newborns are notoriously restless sleepers who are hungry every few hours and rarely, if ever, make it through the night without waking up.
If you're wondering (or worrying) about your baby's sleep habits, remind yourself of these facts — then relax, enjoy that adorable child of yours and try to get some well-earned rest yourself.
I've attached a video on safe sleeping from the Lullaby trust, its a wonderful resource with lots of information .
Newborns sleep for most of the day
A newborn baby doesn’t have much of a pattern to his sleep schedule.
Baby will be sleeping anywhere from 14 to 17 out of every 24 hours, give or take.
Your little one will probably only be awake for 30 minutes to an hour at a time, and will nap anywhere from 15 minutes to three hours at a stretch.
Settling and soothing techniques
Learning all about what your baby likes and dislikes, how they like to be held, fed and changed is all in the learning curve of the fourth trimester. These settling soothing technique help support wind, colic and constipation and help calm baby for a restful sleep.