The child grew up significantly, mastered many skills, and changed the regimen several times in six months. Now it is a little easier to establish a sleep schedule than in the first months. The baby sleeps less during the day and is more awake. Complementary foods appear and the child becomes even more full. He sleeps better at night due to this.
9 pm – 7 am
8 - 10 hours
10 am – 11:30 am
2 pm – 3:30 pm
6 pm – 6:30 pm
Total Sleep Time
The 9 p.m. bedtime for your child can easily be pushed back if it doesn’t fit into your schedule. Falling asleep earlier at night will also lead to an early morning rise. The graph shown in the example is conditional. It can change depending on your family’s needs.
The regimen of the baby should not contradict the family lifestyle. It should be comfortable for mom first of all. She adjusts the schedule to her personal or work time.
How Much Should 6 Month Old Baby Sleep Per Day?
The total daily sleep time is slightly reduced by 6 months. Now the norm is 13-15 hours. Most of this time is allocated to night sleep. Daytime sleep is reduced by six months. The period of wakefulness increases. This changes the sleep schedule making it more convenient for parents.
Breakdown Between night sleep and naps
The distribution of night and day sleep by 6 months becomes less uniform. The child can sleep 10 hours at night. Approximately 6 hours of this time are uninterrupted sleep. The baby can still wake up to feed. Sleep during the day is noticeably reduced. It is only 3-4 hours per day at 6 months. This time is divided into approximately 2-3 periods of sleep.
Compensating sleep and missing naps
When one of the naps is longer it shortens the other naps. Daytime rest can be markedly reduced in the case of uninterrupted and prolonged night sleep. There is compensation for some naps at the expense of others.
Sometimes there may be a refusal to nap at 6 months. This suggests that it is worth switching from 4 to 3 times a day rest. Complete refusal to sleep during the day is not the norm.
How Many Naps On Average 6 Month Old Takes?
Most babies switch to 3 naps at 6 months. Two of them remain longer and one is shorter. This nap schedule is optional. Sometimes the baby is still on 4 naps that just decrease in duration.
What if Baby takes fewer naps?
The child can independently make adjustments to his sleep schedule at six months. He can devote more time to wakefulness if he has enough rest during the day.
Some children reduce the number of naps per day up to two times. Such naps become longer.
There is nothing wrong with the fact that the number of daytime sleep is reduced. This is a normal result of growing up a child.
The older the baby becomes, the less time he needs to recuperate.
When should you worry?
A six-month-old baby is well developed, has grown up, and has mastered many new skills, but it is too early for him to do without daytime sleep. Its complete absence is not normal. The baby should sleep at least once a day. The daily rate of sleep must be maintained.
Anxiety can cause disturbing sleep with crying and screaming. Complementary foods are introduced at six months. This is a different, tougher, and more difficult to digest food. It sometimes causes the increased gas formation and other disorders of the digestive tract. This provokes frequent awakenings from pain and discomfort in the abdomen.
6 Month Old Napping Schedule During the Day
The child and parents should synchronize their schedules and settle on the optimal by 6 months. The kid gets used to repetitive procedures and picks up signals that the night has come. This has a positive effect on the stability of the sleep schedule.
The baby wakes up less often at night. This normalizes daytime rest. The sleep pattern thus shifts less and remains constant.
Average sleeping time per nap
In the steady state with three naps, their duration will be no more than 1.5 hours. The average time of one nap is reduced if there are more of them. Short naps of a 6 month old baby can be 30-40 minutes.
The baby begins to be more awake and the gaps between naps can reach up to 2.5 – 3 hours. The longer the child does not sleep, the stronger and longer will be his daytime rest.
Numerous studies of children’s sleep indicate that by 6 months there is a stabilization of afternoon sleep. It forms and takes root in the daily routine. Evening rest becomes less stable and constant. The third daytime sleep disappears by 8 months. Sometimes this happens at 6 months.
This trend continues up to 3 years. Most often there is a complete rejection of daytime sleep. All children develop at their own pace, so it is impossible to say for sure that your child will be exactly like that.
Total napping time
Naps occupy a smaller part of the daily requirement. The baby sleeps approximately 3-4 hours a day at 6 months. This time is distributed between 3 naps. The duration of naps will be reduced if there are more of them. The number of naps and their duration depends on the period of wakefulness. It grows in duration every month.
Does Every Baby Follow Sleeping Routine?
Many children cannot get used to living according to the regime. No matter how much adults try to instill this habit, all to no avail. This phenomenon is very common and difficult to deal with. Not all children can follow a strict sleep schedule.
Keeping track of sleep becomes easier with age. Night sleep is stabilized and daytime sleep is reduced. The curiosity of the baby, his motor activity, and sociability increase, and this complicates the process. The kid can play too much during the day and shift the usual schedule. It often has to be adjusted to new conditions.
You can try to change the daily routine if the child does not get used to it. You cannot force the baby to sleep when he is not ready for it. Start from the personal biorhythms of the baby. Then it will be possible to observe at least an approximate daily routine.
Why Some Parents are Way off Schedule?
The schedule of a child’s sleep always adjusts to the family lifestyle. Not all parents can keep the child’s regime within strict limits. There is no daily routine for a family with an active lifestyle. They are easy-going, can spontaneously go on a trip, change plans and completely reshape the day.
Such families cannot sacrifice their usual way of life for the sake of the child. There can be no question of any regime in this case.
Those parents whose children are often sick do not adhere to a strict schedule. It is extremely difficult and almost impossible. The lifestyle of such families is completely dependent on treatment and constant medication. Rest becomes more spontaneous and depends on the child’s fatigue.
It is difficult to observe the daily regimen if you do not adhere to the feeding regimen. Binding food intake to sleep is still very close.
Tips for Getting on Sleep Schedule
If you initially decided to accustom your baby to the regime, then you should not deviate from this course of action. Continue to monitor your child’s sleep and rest and follow the schedule.
Some tips for creating a sleep schedule:
Reduce the number of naps in time
You may notice that the baby does not react very well to one of the naps at 6 months. He is naughty and strongly opposed. Try to eliminate excess sleep immediately. This will help to align the schedule of the child’s day and in the future to adapt to the new regimen.
Ability to compensate for naps
Change the schedule depending on the situation. Waking up early requires more naps. They compensate for the lack of sleep at night. Follow the daily allowance by age and allow the baby to get the missing sleep time.
Record any deviations
Record in your notes if the schedule of the day has shifted. It is better to indicate the reason for the shift. The child can gradually restore his regime in the case when the reason for the deviation from the former was external. For example, a baby was awakened early by a noise.
Change his schedule every month
Try to change your child’s sleep schedule almost every month. The child grows and changes. You cannot use the regime that was acceptable in the first months. It is designed for more sleep during the day and a shorter period of wakefulness.
Intervals between naps
The interval between naps at 6 months should be 2-2.5 hours. Sometimes it can be 3 hours. The baby will no longer be able to sleep well without being awake. Therefore, this conditional time must always pass after waking up.