Sleep Schedule

6 Month Old Sleep Schedule and Development

Amber LoRe

6 Month Old Sleep Development:

At 6 months old, we expect to see at least 14 hours of total daily sleep (11-12 hours at night and 2.5-3 hours during the day).

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

You may notice that they start to resist that last nap. Don’t be tricked into thinking they’re ready to transition to two naps -- most babies aren’t ready for that until 8-9 months old. 

Since dropping that last nap too early can lead to a host of sleep problems (hello, increased night waking) we recommend aiming for longer awake windows instead. Most babies still need 2-3 hours of awake time in between sleep periods. It’s okay if you need to help them to sleep (in a carrier or stroller for example) in order to make sure they get to bed without getting overtired. 

Here’s what a typical day may look like at this age:

A sample schedule of what a typical sleep schedule would look like for a 6 month old

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

Sleep Tip:

At 6 months most babies still need 3 naps. If that last nap is hard to get, consider lengthening the awake time by 15 minutes.

Sleep Fact:

At this point, your baby should be developmentally ready to fall asleep without help if desired. If you’ve been helping your baby fall asleep (by rocking or feeding for example) and your family isn’t getting enough sleep, we recommend working on teaching your baby to fall asleep with less help at bedtime. This should help lengthen and consolidate night sleep!

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About the Author:

Amber LoRe is a pediatric sleep consultant with Huckleberry. She's always considered herself an advocate for children - from early jobs in daycare to her work as a family law attorney. She's been helping families get more sleep since 2011 and never gets tired of hearing success stories from happy clients. Amber lives outside NYC with her husband, their two awesome children and their rescue pup.