1 month / 4 week old sleep schedule: bedtime and nap schedule
Sleep can be pretty chaotic during the newborn period, as babies won’t start following a typical 24-hour cycle for sleeping and eating until 3 - 4 months old. While we don’t expect any regularity in terms of a “schedule” at this age, we’ve got all you need to know about your 1 month old baby’s wake windows and sleep patterns.
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How much should a 1 month old sleep?
At this age, we hope to see at least 15.5 hours of sleep in a 24-hour period. Most babies are able to comfortably stay awake for only 30 - 90 minutes, so expect lots of day sleep. It’s very common to feel like all you’re doing is changing diapers and feeding your baby before it’s time for them to sleep again!
[Note: for children who were born early, we go by their adjusted age for sleep development.]
Top sleep tip for 1 month old babies
Many families find it helpful to follow an “eat, play, sleep” routine in the early months. This means that you feed your baby when they wake, and then follow it up with an activity period. Don’t worry if your “play” period is only long enough for a diaper change and some eye contact before they’re ready for sleep again.
Sleep fact for 1 month old babies
Nap “schedules” and durations vary quite a bit in the beginning. We won’t expect much regularity with their sleep schedule until after 3 - 4 months old.
Sample 1 month old sleep schedule
Note: Sleep needs vary by child and this chart should be viewed as an example only.
Naptime schedule for a 1 month old baby
How long should a 1 month old nap?
Expect your baby’s nap lengths to be unpredictable at this age. Since babies aren't born with predictable or organized sleep cycles, your baby may nap for 10 minutes or 2 hours. The important thing to remember is that your baby will usually need to drift off after a wake period of 30 - 90 minutes.
How many naps should a 1 month old take in a day?
Since babies are born without an organized circadian rhythm, it can be difficult to determine what constitutes a “nap” and what constitutes “night sleep.” We don’t recommend trying to follow a specific baby sleep schedule at this age. Newborn sleep tends to be without a pattern, meaning you're likely to see both short and long periods of sleep, punctuated by frequent wakings for nourishment and comfort.
Here’s a sample of what your one month old’s day may look like. However, don’t be concerned if your day looks quite different. Your newborn will spend most of their time in light sleep; we can't control or predict when deep sleep will happen, or how long naps will be, until they’re older.
|Morning rise||6:45 AM|
|1st nap||7:30 AM - 8:45 AM (1.25 hour nap) 45 minutes of being awake before 1st nap|
|2nd nap||9:45 AM - 11:00 AM (1.25 hour nap) 1 hour of being awake before 2nd nap|
|3rd nap||12:15 PM - 1:15 PM (1 hour nap) 1.25 hours of being awake before 3rd nap|
|4th nap||2:30 PM - 4:00 PM (1.5 hour nap) 1.25 hours of being awake before 4th nap|
|5th nap||5:15 PM - 5:45 PM (30 minute nap) 1.25 hours of being awake before 5th nap|
|6th Nap||7:00 PM - 7:30 PM (30 minute nap) 1.25 hours of being awake before 6th nap|
|Get ready for bed||8:30 PM|
|Asleep||9:00 PM 1.5 hours of being awake before bedtime|
Bedtime for a 1 month old
What time should a 1 month old go to bed?
Your baby may have a very late bedtime at this age. Since a newborn’s schedule is irregular at this stage of development, don’t be surprised if the longest stretch of sleep starts at 10:00 PM or even much later. A one month old’s sleep schedule will often be on the later side. However, by 3-4 months of age, most babies will be ready for an earlier bedtime.
1 month old baby sleep FAQ
Q: Can a 1 month old baby sleep through the night?
We don’t expect babies to sleep continuously throughout the night at this age. Your baby needs to wake during the night for feedings and comfort. Check with your pediatrician or lactation consultant to determine how many feedings you can expect for your child’s individual needs.
Q: How often do 1 month old babies sleep?
1 month olds need to sleep quite often; aim to give your baby the opportunity to sleep after about 30 - 90 minutes of wakefulness. Look for sleepy cues in order to help determine when your newborn will be ready to sleep. When your baby starts looking away from you (or getting a glazed-far away look in their eye), or rubbing/putting their forehead on you, there’s a good chance they're ready for a little snooze. Ideally, you'll give your baby a chance to sleep before they reach the overtired stage (that will make it harder for them to fall asleep).
Q: How much nighttime sleep is appropriate for a 1 month old?
At this age, it’s common for newborns to be in their nighttime sleep space for 9 - 12 hours at night, waking multiple times for feedings and comfort.
Q: How much awake time is best for a 1 month old?
Your baby will likely have wake times of 30 - 90 minutes in between sleep periods. Wake windows tend to be shorter in the morning and get longer as the day progresses. Expect your baby to be awake for a longer stretch (but ideally not more than 90 minutes) before bedtime.
Q: How much daytime sleep should be expected for a 1 month old?
Your baby’s day sleep is unpredictable at this age. It’s common to see 5 - 6 hours of sleep over the course of many naps. However, we’ll want to pay more attention to overall sleep in a 24-hour period (ideally at least 15.5 hours), since the circadian rhythm is disorganized at this age.
Q: My 1 month old sleeps more during the day than at night. How can I resolve day/night reversal?
It’s common to see day/night confusion in the first few weeks of life, in addition to very late bedtimes. It usually resolves by 8 weeks of age. Be sure to keep it bright and noisy during the day, and dark and quiet at night, to help your baby sort out their day/night confusion.
Q: When do I have to worry about sleep regressions?
Your baby’s development and growth will lead to nap transitions and the maturation of sleep cycles which often impact sleep around 3 - 4 months old. The resulting change in sleep habits is often referred to as the “4 month sleep regression.”