• Hailee Schollaardt

Sample Sleep Schedules for 4 months - 5 Years!


There is always so much confusion on when babies should be sleeping, how long they should be sleeping and what a daytime schedule might look like for a baby at different ages. Although there is not one specific answer for every baby there are general guidelines that you can look at to see if you are close or if you are way off. You may be close and just want to tweak things a little bit or you may be way off and moving closer to the guidelines outlined below can make big improvements for sleep in your home.

In this blog I am going to outline some common sleep “rules” to follow at each age following the 4 month sleep regression. Prior to this regression sleep is newborn sleep and so my blog “A Guide To Newborn Sleep” can help guide you through this fun/exciting/scary/tiring time. For each age I will outline wake time information, a sample sleep schedule and some general information that can help get and keep sleep on track!

Please always remember that your baby is unique and so if the times are not exactly the same but they are sleeping good then that is o.k!! This blog is just to give guidelines.

4 Months

This age is busy because they are going through the 4 month sleep regression. Lots of changes occur here and I do often find that sleep becomes a little disorientated for a couple weeks. Around the 5 month mark it begins to even out. You might see some shorter naps or fussiness as your baby’s body adapts to the major changes going on. Please click on my blog in this paragraph to read more!

Wake Times: Don’t keep your baby awake for more than 2 hours at a time. Preferably keep them closer to 1.5 hours during the day and even 1.25 for that first morning nap!

Nap Guidelines:

  • Cap a nap at 2 hours in length or earlier to allow for 4 naps to occur

  • End the last nap by 5 p.m. latest to allow for a healthy bedtime approx.. 1.5-1.75 hours after waking.

Sample Schedule

7:00 – wake up

8:15 – 9:15 – Nap #1

10:45-11:45 – Nap #2

1:15-2:15 – Nap #3

3:45-4:45 – Nap #4

6:15-6:30 – Asleep for the night

** Bedtime is based on when they wake up from that last nap or wake them up at 5:00 p.m. if they are still asleep. Bedtimes will move earlier if naps weren’t as good that day

** At 4.5 months babies begin to fight that 4th nap as their body is getting closer to the 4 to 3 nap transition. The wake time in the morning can stretch longer to about 1.5, the wake time before the 4th nap can stretch to 1.75 and before bed up to 2 hours.

Night Wakings

Night wakings depend on MANY factors some which include daily calorie intake, developmental milestones, growth spurts, sleep regressions and gestational age of your baby if they were born premature.

At this age the average or “normal” amount of night feedings for breastfed babies is 3-4 and for formula fed babies is 2-3 as per the baby sleep site.

5 Months

5 Months is a good time to move from that 4 nap schedule down to a 3 nap schedule. As with any nap transition this is a big adjustment for a baby because wake times are lengthening plus they are losing an entire sleep period. We want to prevent your baby from becoming overtired by moving bedtime earlier. This will naturally happen if you are following wake times because the wake time will still be fairly small and that last nap might end quite early in the day. Don’t worry though, as your baby gets closer to 6 months sleep will continue to balance out with naps lengthening and wake times increasing.

Wake Times: Don’t keep your baby awake for more than 2.25 hours.

Nap Guidelines:

  • Cap naps at 2 hours in length. Long spurts are for night sleep!

  • Wake up from last nap by 5:00 p.m. latest to allow for a healthy bedtime falling around 2-2.25 hours after that.

  • If you are going to have a nap on the go then I would opt for the 3rd nap being in the carseat or stroller.

Sample Schedule at 5 months

7:00 a.m. – wake up

8:30 – 10:00 – Nap #1

12:00-1:30 – Nap #2

3:30 – 4:30 – Nap #3

6:45 – Asleep for the night

** Bedtime is based on when they wake up from that last nap or wake them up at 5:00 p.m. if they are still asleep. Bedtimes will move earlier if naps weren’t as good that day

Night Wakings

Night wakings depend on MANY factors some which include daily calorie intake, developmental milestones, growth spurts, sleep regressions and gestational age of your baby if they were born premature. We are hoping to get a longer stretch at the beginning of the night of around 5-6 hours.

At this age the average or “normal” amount of night feedings for breastfed babies is 1-3 and for formula fed babies is 1-2 as per the baby sleep site.

6 Months

Your 6 month old baby should have a well established 3 nap schedule. You may start to notice that the 3rd nap often falls under 1 hour in length and this is normal. Our goal is to have two longer naps and one shorter one. That 3rd nap is meant to be a cat nap to hold your baby over until bedtime.

Wake Times: Don’t keep your baby awake for more than 2.5 hours.

Nap Guidelines

  • Cap naps at 2 hours in length. Long spurts are for night sleep!

  • Wake up from last nap by 5:00 p.m. latest to allow for a healthy bedtime falling around 2.5 hours after that.

  • If you are going to have a nap on the go then I would opt for the 3rd nap being in the carseat or stroller.

Sample Schedule at 6 months

7:00 a.m. – wake up

8:45 – 10:30 – Nap #1

12:30 - 1:45 – Nap #2

4:00 – 4:45 – Nap #3

7:15 p.m. – Asleep for the night

** Bedtime is based on when they wake up from that last nap or wake them up at 5:00 p.m. if they are still asleep. Bedtimes will move earlier if naps weren’t as good that day

Night Wakings

Night wakings depend on MANY factors some which include daily calorie intake, solid introduction, developmental milestones, growth spurts, sleep regressions and gestational age of your baby if they were born premature. We are hoping to get a longer stretch at the beginning of the night of around 6-8 hours.

At this age the average or “normal” amount of night feedings for breastfed babies is 1-3 and for formula fed babies is 1-2 as per the baby sleep site.