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How Long Should My Baby Be Awake In Between Naps?

When my babies were young I was concerned so much with how long my baby should sleep and how many naps he or she should have. Things got a lot easier with routine when I realized that the length of time in between naps is really important too!

How Long Should Baby be Awake In Between Naps?

How Long Should Baby Be Awake In Between Naps?

How long baby is awake in between naps is very important, if you try and put your baby down to sleep before he is ready he won’t sleep and if you wait until he is overtired you might struggle to get him to sleep. This can cause problems with your baby’s sleep routine.

Watch out for signs of tiredness and use the following guidelines for how much awake time your baby needs in between naps:

0 – 6 weeks old baby: 30 minutes to 1 hour

2 – 3 months old baby: 45 minutes to 2 hours

4 – 6 months old baby: 1 ½ to 2 ½ hours

6 – 10 months old baby: 2 – 3 hours

10 – 12 months old baby: 2 ½ to 3 ½ hours+

Here are 5 Steps to get your baby into a routine that you might find very helpful.

How long is your baby awake in between naps?

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10 comments

  1. My little mans almost 6 month and can only make about 2 hours of awake time, then he starts getting really cranky! But he will only sleep 40 mins max. Any tips for getting him to nap for longer?

  2. Im on 1-2hours with my little boy 8 weeks old.

    • Oh I wish my kids would sleep every 1-2 hours lol. I have a nearly 3 year old that is fighting his last day nap and a 5 year that has not had a day nap for 3 years. Enjoy these naps Lisa.

  3. My baby girl is 3 months and 2 weeks she sleeps 3 times a day. Awaken at 2-3 hours per nap.

  4. This is spot on!
    Marli is awake for 2 and a half hours but sometimes if it gets to 3hours i know whats coming and im prepared for it… non stop crying until those eyes just cannot anymore. Hate it when she cries like that and im not a “let her cry it out mom” i will climb in the cot with her until she’s in dream land.

  5. When he was 3months he was awake atleast 1hour 30minutes

  6. Thuliswa Phaliso

    This is very useful

  7. Thank you for sharing this.
    When he was a baby the time he would be awake would be about 2 and half hours then he would want to sleep now that he is 3 he no longer takes naps unless he is ill or he had a really busy day.

  8. Monique Delcarme-Adams

    Thank you for this. Seems my son slept too much lol
    he is 8 and still naps on a weekend. During the week it’s limited sleeping hours because of early raising for school,then homework and eat and wash…. during the weekend he has his free time and sometimes chooses to spend it sleeping

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