While there’s no one “right” way to parent, it can be reassuring to see how other mamas handle routines and transitions. Maybe you revolve your entire life around your baby’s nap schedule. Or, you’re trying to figure out how to drop that second nap for your toddler.
We asked #TeamMotherly to share their child’s nap schedules and we received more than 1,000 responses. Here are some of them:
1. An 18-month-old with two naps
“My son is 18 months old. He wakes any where from 7-8 AM. He takes his first nap around 10-11 AM. He sleeps for one to two hours. He then takes another nap around 3 PM and will sleep for an hour and a half. He then goes to bed around 6:45-7:30 PM and sleeps through the night until the next morning.”—Sara D.
2. Adult sons need naps, too
“Sons ages 28, 21, 18 they nap at every opportunity.”—Jackie B.
3. No more daytime naps for these four kids
“I have four children. As soon as they all turned one, they cut out their daytime nap. I currently have a 7-month-old that has never had a daytime nap, 10 mins max is all he will sleep during the day.”—Naomi V.
4. A 20-month-old with one nap
“My son is 20 months old. Gets up between 7:30-8 AM, sometimes earlier. He’s been taking one nap a day since before he was a year old, usually from about 12:30-3:30 PM. Bed time is around 8:30-9 PM, although by the time the kid finally falls asleep it can be anywhere from 9-10:30 PM.”—Kelli W.
5. No schedule necessary
“No schedule for naps. Takes one if needed only. Bedtime is fluid too. She usually sleeps from midnight to noon. No pressure on the time she falls asleep but we are in bed by midnight every night.”—Shakia K.
6. A 10-month-old with two naps
“My 10-month-old wakes at 6.30-7 AM, naps about 9-9.30 AM for one hour, then again in afternoon around 2.30 PM for about 45-90 minutes depending on her needs. Bed at 6.30-7 PM and wakes every two hours for a slurp of milk and a snuggle. TIRED Mammy!”—Car N.
7. A 4-month-old who power naps
“My 4-month-old girl bedtime routine at 7-8 PM depending on when she’s starting to show she’s sleepy. Feed between 1-3AM and back asleep until 6-7 AM. Feed then asleep 8 AM. Feed then asleep around 11 AM, sleep at 1 PM. Feed at 2 PM, then sleep at 3 PM. Feed at 5pm and sometimes another nap. Very loose schedule as it’s all guided by her but this is about standard. Her naps are usually 10-minute power naps too.”—Jade W.
8. A mom with two kids on slightly different schedules
“My 4-year-old daughter quit her nap when she was just over 2.5 yrs. She’s been sleeping 12-plus hours a night since eight weeks old. She previously had good naps, but once little brother came…. game over. Her bedtime is 7 PM, she’s usually asleep by 8 PM, and she wakes up at 8 AM for preschool or 8:30 AM on non-school days. My son is 20 months—asleep at 7 PM, wakes between 7:30 and 8 AM, naps from 1-4 PM.”—April B.
9. A 2.5-year-old with a must-have daily nap
“2.5 years old. Noon to 2 PM everyday, an occasional Saturday it might start at 1 PM, but always a daily nap.”—Tamara X
10. An 18-month-old who fights sleep
“18 month old.Hates sleep. Fights naps. Has yet to sleep through the night. Depending on how long she parties at 2-3 AM depends on when she crashes… sometimes 10 AM sometimes 1 PM sometimes 3 PM and sometimes no nap and she crashes at dinner in the high chair. I try to have her routine bath at 7 PM and in bed by 8-8:30 PM with her melatonin. We are up by 7 AM every day.”—Casey L.
11. A 1-year-old with two naps
“1 year old still two naps a day. First nap seemed to be getting later and shorter but now he is back to napping 9:00-10:30 AM and then 2:00-3:30 PM. Bedtime at 7 PM (asleep by 7:30 PM) and wakes 6 AM (like clockwork, putting him to bed later does not get us a later wake up!)”—Tracey N
12. A 10-month-old who recently hasn’t woken overnight for a bottle
“10 months old. Awake at 6:30 AM on the dot most mornings. Two naps a day anywhere from one to two hours. Bedtime around 6:30-7 PM. Bub sleeps for 11-12 hours overnight and recently hasn’t woke for a bottle. I base naps and bedtime around awake times! “—Carissa L.
13. A 3-month-old that naps longer when she’s being held
“I have a 3-month-old, she’s in bed by 8:30-9 PM and sleeps till 7-8:30 AM. Rare occasion she’s up earlier like this morning (6:30 AM) lol. She eats and then is up and actually is tranced by Mickey Mouse lol she will always nap about a hour and a half to two hours after her feedings. Naps range from hours to mins. All depends. She don’t stay sleeping for long if I lay her down by herself but if she’s next to me or in holding her then it’s hours.”—Randi G.
14. A 4-year-old with quiet time
“My 4-year-old daughter stopped napping before she was two. We couldn’t force her to sleep and she sleeps much better at night without napping. We enforce “quiet time” instead. My 18-month-old son loves naps and naps once in the morning around 11 AM to 1 PM and again around 3-5 PM. He sleeps all night from 7:30-8 AM.”—Lori E.
15. An 11-month-old who co-sleeps
“My 11-month-old is a co-sleeper so she gets up with me at 6:30 AM on weekdays, her sisters are on the bus by 7:10 AM, she falls back asleep till 10-11:00 AM sometimes so do I. Then she’s up and her next nap is around 2:00 PM, she wakes up when her sisters come home at 3:00 PM. Sometimes she’ll take a cat nap when I’m cooking dinner around 6:00 PM, then is in bed by 10:00 PM and sleeps through the night. She’s the best!”—Rachel F.