Baby's Sleep Schedule at 6 Months
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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.
First Nap: 8:30/9am
Second Nap: 12/1pm
Third Nap: Approx. 2 hours after the second nap ended
**all naps over 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.