Baby's Sleep Schedule at 6 Months
Your baby is growing! You’ve likely noticed that she’s much more alert and can stay awake a bit longer between naps. Most babies this age do best with three naps; however, some do well with two long naps and an earlier bedtime. The third nap is typically dropped around 7-8 months, after which bedtime must be moved earlier to compensate.
Unlike when your baby was younger, it’s now important to prioritize a consistent sleep environment for the morning and afternoon nap. Ideally, it’s a quiet, dark place where she can sleep uninterrupted. If you begin to experience cabin fever, feel free to take her out in the stroller/carrier for the late afternoon cat nap. For all other naps, try to follow the 80/20 rule.
Since your baby can now tolerate longer awake periods, it’s time to get her on a schedule based on clock time (versus awake time between naps). Below is a sample schedule for a 6-month old baby — all times listed are the latest the baby should be placed in the crib. (Also note that this schedule is based on the assumption that your baby is awake for the day by 7am and that the last nap ends by 5pm).
Of course, all babies are different. If yours wakes quite early in the morning or takes short (<1 hour) naps, the schedule will need to be adjusted. If you're struggling to find a schedule that suits your baby, feel free to reach out for a consultation.