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Sample Baby Sleep Schedules by Month

Have you already ready my post Baby Sleep Scheduling: The Basics and are now here for more details? These sample eat/wake/sleep schedules are for general planning purposes and are meant to be flexible. You should use your best judgment to determine the best schedule for your baby, but these can be a starting point for your planning! Always let medical advice from your pediatrician supersede any schedule.

These detailed schedules are created based on Babywise schedule guidelines, which are more general and don’t offer exact times (instead they use phrases like “mid-morning,” “late afternoon,” etc.).

These monthly schedules are intended to align with the following guidelines:

You can download the monthly schedules as a document at the end of the article!

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The First Month (Sample)

1-2 Weeks

7:00 am Wake & EAT(1)
8:00-10:00 NAP(1)
10:00 EAT(2)
11:00-1:00 pm NAP(2)
1:00 EAT(3)
2:00-4:00 NAP(3)
4:00 EAT(4)
5:00-6:00 NAP(4)
6:15 bath
6:30 EAT(5)
7:00 bed
Middle of night feedings will be needed. Wake at least every 4 hours through the night–or whenever your baby wakes hungry, which may be every 2 hours–and feed.

NOTE
-Your baby will definitely still require night feedings at this age. They should in general be eating every 3 hours around the clock.

3-4 Weeks

7:00 am Wake & EAT(1)
8:00-10:00 am NAP(1)
10:00 EAT(2)
11:00-1:00 NAP(2)
1:00 EAT(3)
2:00-3:00 NAP(3)
4:00 EAT(4)
5:00-6:00 NAP(4)
6:15 bath
6:30 EAT(5)
7:00 bedtime
Middle of night feedings will be needed. Wake at least every 4 hours through the night–or whenever your baby wakes hungry, which may be every 2 hours–and feed. Some folks start to try and let baby sleep as long as they will here, but a lot of experts say they should still be eating at least every 4 hours.

NOTE
-Your baby will still require night feedings at this age. They should in general be eating every 3-4 hours around the clock.

1-2 Months (Sample)

7:00 am Wake & EAT(1)
8:30-10:30 NAP(1)
10:30 EAT(2)
12:00-2:00 NAP(2)
2:00 EAT(3)
3:30-5:00 NAP(3)
5:00 EAT(4)
6:15 or 6:30 bath
7:00 EAT(5), then bed
Middle of night feedings will be needed.

NOTES
-Now baby may start to stay awake a bit longer between naps, perhaps 2 hours. However, judge by your own baby. If they are showing clear signs of sleepiness (eye rubbing, yawning, ear pulling) let that supersede your schedule.
-Your baby will still require night feedings at this age.

2-3 Months (Sample)

6:00 am, Wake & EAT(1)
7:30-9:30 NAP(1)
9:45 EAT(2)
11:00-1:00 pm NAP(2)
1:15 EAT(3)
2:30-3:45 NAP(3)
4:00 EAT(4)
5:15-6:00 NAP(4)
*6:30 bath
*7:00 EAT(5), then bed.
Middle of night feedings will almost certainly still be needed.

NOTES
-This schedule begins with a 6am wake time because as mine approached this age, it’s what I used. If you are lucky and your baby sleeps until 7am, just adjust everything by one hour! Note that pushing bedtime until later will not usually make your baby sleep later in the morning. In fact, the opposite often happens. Experts suggest a bedtime of between 7-8 pm for babies.
*You could easily reverse bath and bedtime to your liking, just make sure baby gets a feeding very close to bedtime.

4-6 Months (Sample)

6:00 am, Wake + EAT(1)
8:0010:00 NAP(1)
10:15 EAT(2)
12:00pm – 1:00/2:00 NAP(2)
2:00, EAT(3)
3:15-4:00 OR 3:454:50 NAP(3) *
(Could do a little snack here)
6:00, bath
6:30, EAT(4) dinner
7:00, bedtime
Middle of night feeding often still needed.

NOTES
*The afternoon nap depended on how long she slept at the noon nap, which was always a wild card. If she had slept only for an hour at noon, I’d put her down at 3:15 and she’d sleep until around 4. If she slept longer at her noon nap, I’d wait until 3:45 to put her down and she’d sleep until 4:50 or so. Either way, I wanted her up again before too close to her dinner/bedtime block. As you can see, I had to be flexible.
-Many babies are having solids by month 6.

6-8 Months (Sample)

*7:00 am, Wake & EAT(1)
10:00-11:00 NAP(1)
11:15 EAT(2)
2:00-3:00 pm NAP(2)
3:15 EAT(3)
Join family dinner with snack
6:15 or 6:30 bath
7:00 or 8:00 EAT(4) then bedtime
Middle of night feeding possibly still needed but is often phased out by now.

NOTES
*This schedule now switches to a 7:00 am wake time. My baby continued to wake by 6 (or earlier!) but hopefully yours will sleep til 7! If not, just know that babies are early risers by nature. It’s not uncommon. Push each step of your schedule back by an hour if your baby rises at 6.
-If your baby still likes to sleep for one longer nap (likely the first nap of the day) that’s okay! Adjust accordingly. At this age 3 hours total napping is totally fine and this schedule only accounts for 2 hours.
-The last block of the day( 3-bedtime) is and should be the longest awake time baby has in their day.

8-10 Months (Sample)

7:00 am, Wake & EAT(1)
10:00-11:00 NAP(1)
11:30 EAT(2)
2:30-3:30 pm NAP(2)
3:45 SNACK
Dinnertime EAT(3) (eat with family for dinner)
6:15 or 6:30 bath
7:00 or 8:00 bedtime

10-12 Months (Sample)

7:00 am, Wake & EAT(1)
10:00-11:00 NAP(1)
11:30 EAT(2)
2:30-3:30 pm NAP(2)
3:45 SNACK
Dinnertime EAT(3) (eat with with family for dinner)
6:15 or 6:30 bath
7:00 or 8:00 bedtime

NOTE
Notice this is the same schedule as 8-10 months? Yes! It can be. At this point you will have honed a really good judgement about what works best for your baby. The main thing is that baby is now getting three meals a day, and 2 (or sometimes only one as they get really close to a year old) naps a day. This schedule is suitable for 8-12 months, but you may decide to tweak it a bit to your liking as baby gets closer to one year. After a year, and usually by at least 18 months, babies transition to only one nap in a day, usually dropping the morning nap altogether and having only an afternoon nap.

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8 Comments

  • College Apps Abroad
    August 27, 2020 at 4:26 pm

    Definitely important to keep them on schedule; this is super useful, thanks!

    Reply
  • Sarah
    August 27, 2020 at 5:46 pm

    Helpful to remember how MUCH sleep these babies need! We never sleep trained and fed on-demand until our kiddo outgrew night feedings, but it’s still good to know what to aim for in terms of overall sleep. Thank you!

    Reply
    • Tasha
      August 27, 2020 at 6:42 pm

      YES, if you know how much sleep, at least you can work your way backwards and figure the rest out a little easier!

      Reply
  • Andrea
    August 27, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    Thank you for writing this. I am about to have a baby and this is helpful!

    Reply
    • Tasha
      August 27, 2020 at 6:41 pm

      So glad to hear it! I liked to feel at least a little in control, haha!

      Reply
  • Celina
    August 27, 2020 at 6:34 pm

    What an amazing post! Definitely sharing on my socials, would have been soooo helpful with my first!

    Reply
    • Tasha
      August 27, 2020 at 6:44 pm

      Glad to hear it, and thanks very much 🙂 I needed this to stay sane, even if it didn’t always go as planned. 🙂

      Reply
  • Amanda
    August 28, 2020 at 2:20 pm

    Great tips for new parents! Creating a sleep schedule can be difficult sometimes but it’s so important!

    Reply

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