“People who say they sleep like a baby usually don't have one.”
- Leo J. Burke
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all infants sleep on their backs. By around 4 months of age, some babies will have begun to roll from back to front.
At that point, he/she should still be put to bed on the back, but may be allowed to remain on the tummy if he/she turns during sleep.
In the beginning, it is not uncommon for an infant to sleep most of the day, and to be up much of the night. After the first few days at home, it is okay to begin to awaken him/her during the day to encourage a change in sleep pattern. By ensuring adequate feeding during the day sleeping at night becomes likelier. In most cases, a 2 month old baby will begin to sleep 5-6 hours at night; however, an infant may not be able to sleep entirely through the night until 6 months of age or more.