By 6 months of age, your baby’s schedule is becoming more consistent with 3 naps per day. At this age your baby needs 2-3 hours of daytime nap hours total and 11-12 hours of overnight sleep.
I don’t love sharing “sample schedules” because I feel they can set a gal up to fail when things don’t follow the schedule exactly. In my private consultations and online classes I teach a “flexible schedule” using awake times to guide you through the day.
Fixed schedules where 9 am means nap time everyday can set you up to fail because they make the assumption that you can control how long your baby naps for. In many cases you cannot. What do you do when your baby wakes up mid nap because she pooped herself awake? Do you keep your tired baby up until the next set nap time or do you put her down early? When you learn to implement a flexible schedule, you learn parenting skills that help you manage when things don’t go smoothly.
That being said, every Mom wants to know a little more about what things “might” look like.
At 6 months of age, most kids are transitioning down to 3 naps for a total of 2-3 hours of total nap time.
6 Month Old Sample Schedule
6:30 am – Wake up and feed
7:30 am – Breakfast (often just 1 solid at this age)
8:30 am – Nap 1 – usually 45 minutes to 1 hour
9:30 am – Wake up
10:30 am – Feed
12:00 pm – Nap 2 – usually the longest nap of the day 1 hour to 1.5 hours
1:30 pm – Wake up
2:30 pm – Feed
4:00 pm – Nap 3 – always a cat nap 30-40 minutes unless nap time was lost earlier in the day. The hardest nap to get a baby to sleep for.
4:40 pm – Wake up
5:30 pm – Feed
6:10 pm – Top Up Feed
6:45 pm – Start Bedtime Routine
7:00 pm – Put down in crib
7:10 pm – Asleep
At this age 0-1 night feed is achievable around 1-4 am.
If you want to read more about the transition from 4 naps down to 3 and how that occurs, you can read that here.
What is your 6 month old baby sleep schedule? Does it match with the above sample schedule? I would love to hear from you.
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