Babies sleep a lot. You’re probably wondering how long yours should sleep in a day. Here are some of the recommendations from pediatricians online.
6-month old sleep schedule
In their 6th month, babies should get 11 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night. Daytime naps at this age should be 2.5 – 3.5 spread across 2-3 naps.
Below is a sample sleep schedule for a 6 month old baby.
7-month old sleep schedule
A 7-month old baby should receive 12-14 hours of sleep every day. This includes 2-3 naps during the day and 11 non-interrupted night sleep hours.
Every baby could show slight variations and there are no fixed rules about planning the baby’s sleep.
Below is an example of sleep schedule can provide a jumping-off point for your 7-month-old’s routine.
The schedule is based on the assumption that the child will nap twice during the day.
- 7:00 a.m.: Awake
- 9:30 a.m.: Nap
- 11:30 a.m.: Awake
- 2:00 p.m.: Nap
- 4:00 p.m.: Awake
- 7:00 p.m.: Bedtime routine
- 7:30 p.m.: Bedtime
Sleep Training a 7-month Old Baby
Yes, you can sleep train your 7-month old baby because she will be developmentally ready to learn techniques for self-soothing. Pediatricians allow parents to sleep-train even younger babies between 4-6 months.
Some of the items that could be part of your sleep training include the following:
- Ensuring a clean diaper
- Adjusting the baby’s bedroom, e.g. using white noise or a pacifier
- Skipping screen, whether phone or TV
- Ensuring the baby stays active during the day. A 7-month-old is an energizer bunny.
8-Month Old Sleep Schedule
Your 8-month old baby typically requires 14 hours of sleep every day although it is normal to notice variations between 12 and 16 hours.
At this 8, the baby will be okay will just 2 naps during the day. These should be split into morning and afternoon naps.
What are the pros and cons of a sleep schedule?
Pros of Sleep Schedule
1. Better mental and physical health
Sleep schedule is beneficial for the mental and physical health of babies.
2. Improves sleep quality
When one sleeps at regular times, it accustoms the mind and body to a routine that includes making sleep a nearly automatic habit. Therefore, the baby will receive an acceptable amount of sleep every time.
3. Stabilizes sleep pattern for the parent
A stable sleep pattern in babies is also beneficial to parental sleep habits over time.
4. Fall asleep faster
As a parent actively cultivates a healthy sleep habit in her baby, the baby develops cues and increases melatonin production at bedtime that makes falling asleep quickly become the norm.
Cons of Sleep Schedule
1. Interferes with Parents’ Sleep Routines
One of the problems that I have seen with sleep schedule is that as babies grow, they develop interests in new things. That means more and more factors will easily throw their sleep routine out of whack and could lead to serious fluctuations in sleep and wake-up times.
Thus, parents are often forced to adjust to these unpredictable sleep patterns.
2. Potential Sleep Deprivation
Young babies mostly portray polyphasic sleep schedules that may lead to sleep deprivation, especially if one has to wake up before daily needs are met.
The parent will have to ensure strict adherence to ensure the baby meets her daily sleep needs.
3. Difficult to Sustain
Many parents report that after 2 to 4 months, they can no longer sustain scheduled sleep because their babies have grown fast and their habits have changed.
4. Interrupted Daytime Naps
Unless a baby sleeps somewhere isolated, daytime naps are easily interrupted by siblings, movements, and noise from the neighborhood.
How to Fix Sleep Schedule for 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 Month Old Baby
1. Preventing wakefulness caused by baby’s hunger
As the baby’s sleep regresses after the fourth month, one of the best ways of dealing with the inevitable changes in sleep schedule is to feed the baby well during the day and when bedtime nears. This will prevent the baby from waking up more frequently and even in the middle of the night due to hunger.
2. Adjusting your routines
As the baby gets older, she will become incredibly curious. Adjusting your own daily routine will ensure that the baby’s sleep habits do not frustrate you.
Babies develop behavioral issues if schedules are changes.
The most noticeable signs include less napping, feeding habits, fussiness, and waking up multiple times.
Babies 2-5 naps a day, but they can sleep even more frequently when they are younger than 4 months old. The number of naps a baby will need varies depending on their age. After your baby’s sixth month, she may start having only 2-3 naps a day and that will be okay.
After their first birthday, most babies switch from two naps to one nap per day.
Regarding how long these naps should last, not much concern should be placed on this because even 30 minutes is acceptable. The only thing to have in mind is that these naps should total 4-8 hours daily.