11 month old sleep schedule: Bedtime and nap schedule
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.
The recommendations listed below represent the average amount of sleep typically needed at this age. However, please note there is a range of normal as some children have lower or higher sleep needs. Your child’s schedule may vary, and that is normal.
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How much should an 11 month old sleep?
Sleeping is important for infant brain development. At 11 months of age, we’ll continue to aim for around 13.5 hours of total sleep per day (11 - 12 hours at night and 2 - 3 hours of daytime sleep over 2 naps). Most children need 3 - 3.75 hours of awake time in between sleep periods at this age.
Keep in mind that the amount of sleep needed by babies can vary quite a bit and there's a spectrum of what is considered normal and healthy. Don't stress about meeting a specific sleep goal. The recommended hours are simply a general suggestion, and it's equally important to observe your child's mood and energy levels to make sure they're getting enough rest.
[Note: for children who were born early, we go by their adjusted age for sleep development.]
Top sleep tip for 11 month olds
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” or the 12 month sleep regression, try lengthening wake windows to 3.5 - 3.75 hours. This will make it easier for your baby to fall asleep during the day.
Sleep fact for 11 month old babies
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 calorie-rich, nutrient-dense food (not snack food) during the day. Additionally, some parents find that pushing dinnertime and bedtime a bit later in the evening can help their baby wake later in the morning.
Sample 11 month old sleep schedule
Note: Sleep needs vary by child and this chart should be viewed as an example.
Naptime schedule for 11 month old
How long should an 11 month old nap?
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.
How many naps for an 11 month old?
Most 11 month olds take 2 naps per day. At this age we expect babies to need a nap after about 3 – 3.5 hours of awake time. It’s interesting to note that for infants from the age of 3 months to 12 months, daytime sleep reduces by about 50%. Consider 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 rise||6:30 AM|
|1st nap||9:30 AM - 10:45 AM (1.25 hour nap); 3 hours of awake time before morning nap|
|2nd nap||2:15 PM - 3:30 PM (1.25 hour nap); 3.5 hours of awake time before afternoon nap|
|Get ready for sleep||6:30 PM|
|Asleep||7:15 PM; 3.75 hours of awake time before bed|
Bedtime for 11 month old
What time should an 11 month old go to bed?
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 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?
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, we have found it can be helpful to continue to offer an early morning feeding (typically between 3:00 AM - 5:00 AM) to lengthen night sleep and maintain positive sleep habits rather than start the day too early (i.e. before 6:00 AM).
Q: How often do 11 month old babies sleep?
An average 11 month old baby needs 2 naps per day, with 3 - 3.75 hours of awake 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?
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?
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?
Most 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.
Note: The content on this site is for informational purposes only and should not replace medical advice from your doctor, pediatrician, or medical professional. If you have questions or concerns, you should contact a medical professional.