Newborn Basics

Your Baby Is 20 Weeks Old!

It's important to establish a sleep routine with baby. She's probably been more alert in the past couple months, but this doesn't mean she needs less rest. All babies have their own napping style — some prefer 20-minute stretches every couple hours, while others do better with just a few hour-long naps — but on average, all babies should get about 14-and-a-half hours of sleep a day.

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Photo: Christine Sandrock of Simply Bloom Photography / The Bump

It's important to establish a sleep routine with baby. She's probably been more alert in the past couple months, but this doesn't mean she needs less rest. All babies have their own napping style — some prefer 20-minute stretches every couple hours, while others do better with just a few hour-long naps — but on average, all babies should get about 14-and-a-half hours of sleep a day.

> When to nap?
> Sleep schedule?
> Dropping naps?
> See all newborn Q&As

Getting control
Baby's starting to show more control of her head and neck muscles. You can see this in action when you lift her up from her back — her head and shoulders should follow your direction. Also, as her spine continues to straighten, she may start to successfully sit up with or without support.

To-do:
> Keep an eye on baby's moves
> Ensure baby gets enough shut-eye
> Start a mommy blog

[ tip ] Make sure baby's toys have a diameter of at least 1 1/2 inches (or 4 centimeters) so that she won't choke when she puts them in her mouth.

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All medical information reviewed by Dr. Paula Prezioso of Pediatric Associates in New York City