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When is she supposed to be sleeping? Your quick reference of sample schedule by age


Schedules are important for babies and parents. Having a schedule gives you a sense of structure and predictability that, ultimately, gives you more freedom. Once you've got your child in a rhythm, things get easier but even if you know how much your child should be sleeping, how do you know when? Here are some sample schedules for ages 6 months- 5 years old. Not all babies need the same exact amount of sleep and, obviously, the schedules will be different for a 1 year old who wakes at 7 am and naps for 2 hours in the morning vs. a 1 year old who wakes at 6 am and takes a 1 1/4 hour nap in the morning but the general outline is the same. The individual differences for your child will be how long he sleeps for and what his wakeful windows are. You might want to observe and log for a few days to make note of when your child usually sleeps, for how long and how long they can be awake before starting to show signs of tiredness. For a refresher on sleep needs and wakeful windows, see https://www.littleowlsleeps.com/single-post/2017/10/02/How-much-should-your-child-be-sleeping

6-8 months:

At this age, babies need 11 hours of nighttime sleep and 3 1/4 hours of daytime sleep, broken into 2-3 naps.

7 am wake up

9 am morning nap, lasting 1 1/2-2 hours

12:30 pm afternoon nap, lasting 1 1/2-2 hours

4 pm optional 3rd nap (depends on timing and length of previous naps) lasting 45 minutes

7:30 pm bedtime

9-12 months:

At this age, babies need 11 hours of nighttime sleep and 3 hours of daytime sleep. By this point, most babies will have dropped the 3rd nap.

7 am wake up

9:30 am morning nap, lasting about 1 1/2 hours.

1:30 pm afternoon nap, lasting 1 1/2-2 hours

7 pm bedtime

13-18 months:

At this age, young toddlers need 11 1/4 hours nighttime sleep and 2 1/4-2 1/2 hours of daytime sleep, spread across 1-2 naps. Most babies transition to 1 nap somewhere between 15-18 months.

7 am wake up

9:30 am morning nap (if still taking one) lasting about 1 hour

12:30 afternoon nap, lasting 1- 1 1/2 hours if its the 2nd nap of the day, lasting 2- 2 1/2 hours if it's the only nap of the day

7 pm bedtime

18 months-2 years:

At 18 months, toddlers sleep 11 1/4 hours at night and take one 2-2 1/2 hour nap. By 2 years old, sleep averages decrease to 11 hours at night and 2 hours during the one nap.

7 am wake up

12:30/1 pm nap

7:30 pm bedtime

3 years:

At 3 years old, the average preschooler needs 10 1/2 hours of nighttime sleep and 1 1/2 hours of daytime sleep. If your child is tired but napping keeps him up way past bedtime, consider waking him after an hour. If your 3 year old is genuinely happy and calm without a nap, he may be ready to drop it and transition to structured quiet time. A 3 year old who doesn't nap during the day is likely to have longer nighttime sleep.

7 am wake up

12:30/1 pm nap, lasting 1-1 1/2 hours

7:30/8 pm bedtime

Once your child stops napping, move bedtime up by about an hour.

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