11 month old sleep schedule: Bedtime and nap schedule

Amber LoRe - Sleep Consultant / Pediatric sleep consultant / Updated Nov 30, 2021
11 Month Old Baby

Don’t be fooled by your baby’s nap resistance at 11 months old! While some parents interpret skipped naps at this age as a sign that their baby is ready to transition to 1 nap, most babies continue to need 2 naps (at least some of the time) until at least 15 months old. 


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At 11 months old, we’ll continue to aim for at least 13.5 hours of total sleep per day (11 - 12 hours at night and 2 - 3 hours of day sleep over 2 naps). Most children need 3 - 3.75 hours of awake time in between sleep periods at this age.

[Note: for children who were born early, we go by their adjusted age for sleep development.]

If your baby is regularly resisting naps,  this may mean that they’re ready for longer periods of wakefulness. Instead of chalking up day sleep difficulties to a “nap regression,” try lengthening your baby’s wake windows to 3.5 - 3.75 hours. This will make it easier for them to fall asleep during the day.

Early waking is often caused by hunger. If your baby is night weaned and rising too early in the morning, consider whether you can add more milk or formula during the day. Alternatively, some parents find that pushing dinnertime a bit later in the evening can help their baby wake later in the morning.

Huckleberry 11 month old sleep time, nap time and bedtime schedule (sample)

Note: Sleep needs vary by child and this chart should be viewed as an example.

Ideally, your baby will be taking 2 naps for a total of 2 - 3 hours of day sleep. Each nap should be at least 60 minutes long.

Most 11 month olds take 2 naps per day. At this age we expect babies to need a nap after about 3 - 3.75 hours of awake time. Many pediatric sleep consultants recommend planning naps, ‘by the clock’ at this point in your baby’s development, meaning that naps are offered at the same time each day, even if your baby wakes a little earlier or later than usual.

Here’s an example schedule for this age:

Morning rise6:30 AM
1st nap9:30 AM - 10:45 AM (1.25 hour nap) 3 hours of awake time before morning nap
2nd nap2:15 PM - 3:30 PM (1.25 hour nap) 3.5 hours of awake time before afternoon nap
Get ready for sleep6:30 PM
Asleep7:15 PM 3.75 hours of awake time before bed
11 month old baby sleep schedule

A typical bedtime at this age is 12 - 13 hours after waking in the morning. For example, if your baby wakes around 6:30 AM, then you’ll want to target a 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM bedtime.

If your baby resists their afternoon nap, and ends up taking it later than usual, you may find that bedtime gets pushed a bit later as a result. This is typically okay as long as your baby averages at least 10 hours of sleep at night.

On the other hand, if your baby skips a nap, opt for an earlier bedtime in order to limit overtiredness, which can lead to increased night waking. Resist making bedtime earlier than 6:00 PM, as that can lead to early rising issues.

11 month old baby sleep FAQ

Q: Can an 11 month old baby sleep through the night?

A:

Many babies can sleep through the night at this age. However, some babies aren’t able to comfortably last 12 hours or more in between the last night feeding and a family’s desired wake up time. In those cases, it can be helpful to offer an early morning feeding (typically between 3:00 AM - 5:00 AM) to lengthen night sleep and maintain positive sleep habits.

Q: How often do 11 month old babies sleep?

A:

An average 11 month old baby needs 2 naps per day, with 3 - 3.75 hours of wake time in between sleep periods. The period of wakefulness before the first nap tends to be the shortest of the day, and the longest period of wakefulness comes at the end of the day. As a result, an 11 month old typically needs about 3.75 hours of wake time before bedtime.

Q: How much nighttime sleep for an 11 month old?

A:

Most babies this age need at least 10 hours of night sleep, although 11 - 12 hours is ideal.

Q: How much awake time for an 11 month old?

A:

Aim for 3 - 3.75 hours of wakefulness in between sleep periods. Wake windows tend to increase throughout the day, with the longest period of wakefulness occurring before bedtime.

Q: How much daytime sleep for an 11 month old?

A:

11 month old babies typically need 2 - 3 hours of daytime sleep per day. When babies have short naps, it can result in wake windows that are too long, which can make it harder for your baby to fall asleep and stay asleep after their bedtime routine.

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