These resources are from the Baby Whisperer. I didn’t really find her book that useful overall, but these two charts have been really helpful for us. See, I read the book for you and now provide the only takeaways worth having 😉 …For the first few months, Bailey would sleep anywhere whenever he needed to sleep, but as he became more interested in the world, he became much worse at going to sleep when he needed the sleep. We had to implement a schedule to make sure he had the downtime to take naps – you may or may not have this issue. If you have this issue, read on.
I also didn’t understand that when they say 2 hours awake time, they mean baby should be asleep at the 2 hour mark. That means that for several months you may feel like you’re spending a lot of time winding down baby for naps. You may even feel like a prisoner to baby’s nap needs, but your reward should be more sleep at night and a more cheerful baby.
Average awake time for babies
Newborn 50-60 mins
1 month 60 mins-hour and 15
2 months 1 hour and 15 – 20 mins
3 months 1 hour and 20 – 30 mins
4 months 1 hour and 45 – 2 hours
5 months 2 hours – 2.30 hours
Late 5 months/early 6 months 2.25-3 hours
6.5 – 7 months 2.75-3.15 hours. Some are getting more.
8 – 10 months 3 – 4 hours. Some are getting more.
11 – 12 months 3.5 -4.5 hours. Some are getting more if moved early to 1 nap***Remember these are guidelines, NOT rules, so if you feel that your baby is not yet ready for these A times, please do not force them, as this will cause further problems. PLUS, if the wake time is 2 hours, that means baby should be asleep at the 2 hour mark not getting ready to go to sleep.***
Average sleep patterns
|Age||Total Sleep needs per day||Typical Nap patterns||Night patterns|
|Newborn||16-20 hours||Nap 1-2 hours in every three hours||5-6 hours at night#|
|1-3 months||15-18 hours||Three naps, 1.5 hours each + catnap||8 hours at night#|
|4-6 months||15-18 hours||Two naps, 2-3 hours each OR; 3 naps; 2 2hr naps & 1 45min catnap||10-12 hours at night|
|6-8 months||14-18 hours||Two naps 1-2 hours each||10-12 hours at night|
|9 months old||14-17 hours||2 naps of 1.5 hours each||11-12 hours at night|
|1 year old||14-16 hours||2 naps, 1 of 1 hour and 1 of 1.25-1.5 hrs||11.5hrs at night|