Most small babies will need to sleep for more than half the time during their first few months, although not all will do this. Some babies carry on sleeping for long nights with a couple of naps during the day right up until they start nursery school, while others will reduce the number of hours of sleep and may not even have a nap at all by the time they are eighteen months old.
Whichever group your baby falls into, you will find out as the days go by, and you will need to adapt your routine to fit in with it. Even if you have a baby who does not sleep so much, it does not necessarily mean that you will have to be with them all the time. Some babies are very contented to lie in their cot or pram looking at the world around them, following you with their eyes and looking at the toys you have had given as baby gifts. As they develop, they will be able to do more, and will start to play with their toys and amuse themselves.
If you have one of the waking, needing attention babies, don’t despair, even these babies will sleep sometimes, and you can find that even when exhausted and holding a baby at 5 in the morning, there is a strange fulfilment in feeling that just the two of you are awake in the world.