When I brought my baby home from hospital for the first time, I was absolutely clueless about naps. I thought she’d sleep when she wanted to and I would just know when she was tired. Oh how wrong I was! Having now trained as a baby sleep consultant, I understand that our little ones need lots of encouragement when it comes to naps and that ‘sleep breeds sleep’.

I would highly recommend trying to get your baby into a regular nap routine. Before you all shout ‘my baby just won’t nap!’ I know it’s hard and doesn’t always work, but keep trying and eventually your baby should get it.


A good place to start is by looking at the information below to see how long (ideally) your baby can be awake for between naps. Any longer than the suggested time and your little one will be overtired and this will make it hard for him or her to sleep.

Age in months and amount of time between naps

0-3 months: 30 – 90 minutes
4-5 months: 1 – 2 hours
6-9 months: 2 – 3 hours
10-14 months: 3 – 4 hours
15-18 months: 4 – 5 hours

For more help on getting your baby to sleep, get in touch.