Baby nap schedule
0-3 months every 2-3 hours 2 – 4 hours each
4 – 7 months at least 2 naps 1 – 3 hours each
8 – 12 months at least 2 naps 1 – 3 hours each
1 – 2 years 1 – 2 naps 45 mins – 3 hours
2 – 3 years 1 long nap or 2 short ones
These are typical patterns but not all babies follow them. The number of naps may vary depending on the length of each nap and your baby’s system. Observe your baby’s sleep signals. What he does when he starts to feel sleepy. Does he get cranky or fussy, does he start to rub his eyes, does his mood change, or does he fall asleep in the early afternoon, while in the car or while watching TV?
Take note of these signals and make an appropriate nap schedule for your baby. Don’t wait until your baby is overtired before getting him in to nap. Adopt a nap time routine of about 5 – 10 minutes to help your baby associate naps with these activities. Babies thrive very well on routines. It makes them understand what is happening around them and what to expect.