When Should My Baby Take a Nap and How Long Are Naps?

Most parents of newborns feel sleep-deprived because young babies tend to sleep and eat on 3 to 4-hour cycles throughout the day. After about 4 of months of this pattern, parents are eager for children to start napping and establish a more predictable sleep cycle. As your baby grows, when will he or she take a nap and how long are the naps?

The First Year and Beyond

After two months, babies start to sleep for longer stretches, and by four months, they begin to develop a nap schedule. By six months, babies take 2 to 3 naps daily and between 9 and 12 months, they usually take one nap in the morning and another in the afternoon. As a little one reaches 18 months, he or she is likely to take an afternoon nap, and this can last until 4 or 5 years of age.

Scheduling Naps

The goal …