Problems sleeping in children are very common in the first few years of life. Some problems include: not wanting to go to sleep, not staying asleep, nightmares, and sleepwalking. Babies don’t have a regular sleep cycle until close to 6 months of age. Most newborns sleep about 16-17 hours a day….but that can be 1 to 2 hours at a time. Things to help: keep your baby calm and quiet when feeding or changing his/her diaper at night, make daytime playtime-talking and playing more during the daytime hours, put your baby to . This helps your baby learn to fall asleep on her own and in her bed. Wait a few minutes before responding to fussing to see if she can fall back to sleep on her own.