Activity and 2-nap Schedule for Babies ~6-15 Months

We created this activity and nap infographic to help you structure your day with your little one. We designed this for you to print out and hang on your fridge as a helpful guide. We haven't published these types of exact schedules in the past, because there is no one-size-fits-all schedule that is perfect for every baby. That said, we understand that sometimes you just need a little inspiration and a guideline to follow. Keep in mind that this schedule will work well for some babies as is, but will probably need to be adjusted over time. For other babies, the awake windows and night sleep expectation may be a little too long or a little too short. Please watch your baby's cues to find the best schedule. Finally, most babies 6-9 months will still need a 3-nap schedule and a few babies who are 12-15 months will be ready to transition to a 1-nap schedule. Click the hyperlinks for those schedules. If you aren't sure what your baby should be doing, then check out our age-by-stage sleep chart. We also have a series on how to decode and fix nap problems here.

 

A note on the activity blocks: They are just suggestions to help you fill time. If you already have a different routine that you follow between naps, then that's totally fine. We know that some parents struggle finding a balance between providing structure and keeping things interesting. The idea behind "baby math" isn't that a baby needs to be doing "math" every day, but rather that having a block of time that changes things up a bit activity to activity. For example, for "baby math time" you might go to a different drawer each day and count objects or you might play with different block shapes or walk around with your baby and point to all of the circles in your house. Again, if you want to do a different activity that is unrelated to math at that time, then that's totally fine! You can find ideas for the activity blocks here. 

We hope this helps you guide your child to a nice, stable daily schedule, but we know there are situations where you may need individual support to figure out how to bend the rules for your unique needs (For example, the rules may change for naps on weekends or for situations where you can’t be consistent due to your schedule, changing caregivers, etc.). If you need help choosing an intervention strategy or figuring out how to make this work within restrictions of your life, then we would be happy to help you put together a plan through an individual consultation.

 

 

 

 

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