As a new parents, one of the biggest challenges is keeping up with your newborn and establishing a sleep schedule while trying to rest as a parent. The first few weeks with your little one can be a blur of nursing, diaper changes, and cuddles, with little consistency in sleep patterns. The excitement of being a new parent gives you that adrenaline rush when you are on standby until exhaustion starts kicking in! Sound familiar? Around the two-month mark, you may notice changes in your baby sleep patterns. This article will discuss creating a sleep schedule for your 2-month-old infant.
Your baby’s sleep pattern in the first two months may be unpredictable for parents who follow their baby’s lead or go with the baby’s flow. This can vary from day to day. If you read our One-Month-Old Sleep Schedule recommendations, you may have noticed that your baby has settled into a more consistent sleep routine with suitable implementation strategies around two months of age. At this age, your infant sleeps between 16 and 18 hours daily, including naps and nighttime sleep. It’s important to note that every baby is different, and their sleep needs may vary.
Sample Schedule of 2-month-old sleep schedule
Below is a template of what a 2-month-old sleep schedule should look like. However, this is just a sample, open for modification based on your newborn’s awake time or wake window, feeding interval, and nap duration.
2 Month Old Sample Sleep Schedule (Morning to Night with 4-5 naps schedule)
|Wake-up time||7:00 am (1 hour, 20 minutes wake window before 1st nap)|
|First-morning nap||8:20 am -10:30 am (2 hours, 10 minutes nap) 1 hour awake time before 2nd nap|
|Second nap||11:30 am – 12:15 pm (45 minutes nap) 1 hour, 15 minutes wake window before 3rd nap|
|Third nap||1:30 pm – 2:10 pm (40 minutes nap) 1-hour awake time before 4th nap|
|Fourth nap||3:10 pm -4:10 pm (1-hour nap) 1-hour wake window before 5th nap|
|Fifth nap||5:10 pm – 5:50 pm (40 minutes nap) 70 minutes awake time before bedtime|
|Feed||5:50 pm – 6:20 pm|
|Bath, massage, relaxing bedtime music, bedtime stories in the sleep space||6:20 pm – 7:00 pm|
Wake Window and Nap Times
At two months old, your baby’s awake time, also known as “wake windows,” “will typically” be around 1-1.5 hours. This means your baby can comfortably stay awake for one hour and some minutes before needing to nap again. Pay attention to your baby’s wake windows and sleep cues, such as drowsy eyes or becoming fussy, to determine when they are ready for a nap.
Nap times for a two-month-old can vary, but on average, you can expect your baby to take four to five naps throughout the day. These naps may range from 30 minutes to two hours and slightly beyond in length. It’s essential to create a baby sleep environment conducive to napping, such as a dark and quiet room with a comfortable crib or bassinet and calming colors in the nursery.
Creating a Bedtime Routine for Your Two-Month-Old
Establishing a bedtime routine is crucial for helping your baby distinguish between day and night and promoting better baby sleep. A consistent and calming routine before bed can signal your baby that it’s time to wake up and prepare for sleep. Some bedtime routine ideas for a two-month-old include:
- Giving your baby a warm bath
- Wearing easy and comfortable sleepwear.
- Dimming the lights in the room
- Placing in the crib
- Singing or playing a lullaby or soothing music or reading to your baby.
Following a consistent bedtime routine can help your baby transition into a more restful sleep at night.
The importance of Daytime Naps
Daytime naps are essential for your baby’s overall well-being and development. Naps allow your baby to recharge and process the stimulation they experience throughout the day. While it can be tempting to keep your baby awake during the day in hopes of longer stretches of sleep at night, this can backfire and lead to overtiredness.
Pay attention to their wake windows and provide opportunities for napping at regular intervals to ensure your baby gets sufficient daytime naps. While the length of each nap may vary, aim for at least four naps per day, totaling around five or slightly more hours of daytime sleep. Creating a calm and conducive baby sleep environment can also help your baby transition into a nap more efficiently.
Tips for Encouraging Healthy Sleep Habits
It is important to implement healthy sleep habits from inception as this can prevent the whole ceremony of sleep training at 4 months! At Sleep & Cradle®️ Solution, we advocate implementing these evidence-based methods to prevent the exhaustion that comes with parents being on overdrive. However, for parents that are struggling with sleep deprivation, there are several gentle ways you can encourage healthy sleep habits for your two-month-old; we also like to dismiss the negative connotations associated with baby sleep training and “Crying it Out”” The last thing we want is anxiety problems for a parent in a bid to sleep train your baby! There are various methods that parents could implement that suit their parenting style. Here are some tips to consider:
- Establish a consistent baby sleep environment: Create a sleep-friendly environment by ensuring the room is dark and quiet, with an ideal room temperature. Consider using white noise to drown out any background noise that may disrupt your baby sleep.
- Baby’s safe sleep practices: Always place your baby on their back to sleep and ensure the crib or bassinet is free from loose bedding or objects that could pose a suffocation hazard.
- Ensure your baby is well fed: We will publish another article to elaborate on the impact of feeding on the quality of sleep your baby observes.
- Use soothing techniques: Experiment with different soothing techniques, such as shushing sounds, appropriate swaddling, or using a pacifier as a one-time threat to help your baby relax and baby sleep.
- Keep a consistent daily routine: Establishing a consistent daily routine can help regulate your baby’s circadian rhythm and signal when it’s time for your baby to sleep. Consistency is vital in promoting healthy baby sleep habits.
- Monitor your baby’s Sleep baby’s attention to your baby’s sleepy baby, such as drooping eyes, yawning, or becoming fussy. Responding to these cues promptly can help prevent overtiredness and make it easier for your baby to fall asleep.
Consulting with a Pediatric Sleep Consultant
If you’re struggling with establishing a healthy sleep routine for your two-month-old baby or have concerns about your baby’s sleep patterns, consulting with a Pediatric Sleep Consultant can be beneficial. Sleep & Cradle®️ Solutions is a Professional Sleep Consultancy that specializes in newborns and infant sleep. We offer a range of services, including in-home Newborn Care Specialist services, remote childbirth preparation classes, baby care basics classes, baby sleep strategies classes, breastfeeding/formula feeding classes, baby sleep training masterclasses, and an unlimited monthly membership to provide support at every stage of your infant development at no extra cost to parents. Our team of experts provides personalized guidance and support to help you navigate the challenges of feeding, napping, and sleep, amongst others from 0 -12 months of age.
Creating a Two-Month-Old Sleep Schedule for your baby is essential in establishing healthy sleep habits for you and your baby. While every baby is different and their sleep patterns may vary, following guidelines for wake windows, nap times, and bedtime routines can help promote better sleep for your little one. Remember, baby sleep training does not correlate to having your bay “Cry it Out”! In establishing a sleep schedule, you have to be consistent and patient as your baby sleep patterns evolve in the coming months. By nurturing healthy sleep habits early on, you can set the foundation for a lifetime of restful nights for you and your baby.