These routines are a guide only. Some points to note when selecting your routine age range and within the routines itself:
- 4-5 month old babies have very short wake windows, much shorter than most people think.
- Most babies drop their power nap (3rd nap) around 8 months, but this can happen as early 7 months, and as late as 9 months.
- Babies up to 8/9 months may do 3 naps, if 2 of them are long. If not, adding in extra naps is the right thing to do – don’t think they only can have 3 naps.
- Around 9 months, when the transition 2 naps is just finishing, babies often do 2 longer naps throughout the day. However, many fall into the routine you will see in the 11-14 months routine. There is no right or wrong here; it’s just what your baby prefers.
- The vast majority of babies begin to transition down to 1 nap around 14 months, but it can happen as early as 11 months (hugely rare) and as late as 18/19 months (also rare). If your baby is down to 1 nap, the 15-36 months routine is for you.
- The 15-36 months routine varies quite a bit as it’s a big age span. 4 hours from nap foinishing to bedtime is optimal for most babies under 2 years old. As they go over 2, you may see that start to increase 4 to 4.5 hours, and then maybe up to 5 or 5.5 hours until they start to drop their nap.
4-5 Months Routine
6-8 Months Routine
9-10 Months Routine
11-14 Months Routine
15-36 Months Routine
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