Parent Resources

Within this section you will find example schedules and tips to guide you in your parenting journey. What you won’t find here is an overload of information! Every family and child is different and therefore requires information that applies to your situation. Use the Contact Me button for personalized guidance for your family.

Awake Windows and Naps

This chart is your reference for the general awake windows and number of naps by age. If you need guidance with this chart, don’t hesitate to reach out using the Contact Me buttons or sending me an email to Courtney@HappySleepingBaby.com

Newborn Awake Window

A newborn’s awake time should only be around 45 minutes before they are off for another snooze. A little one can quickly become over-tired which leads to fussiness and crying. It is not recommended to sleep train a baby younger than 4 months but, you can establish little routines to help guide the process along. Newborns should always be attended to once crying, as you cannot spoil a baby.

To learn more about newborn sleep, a Happy Sleep Guide / Pre-baby Prep package would be a great way to empower you as a parent. You will receive a 90 minute consultation where we talk about sleep cycles, tired cues, guidance on an ideal schedule, methods to begin once your newborn is ready, how to have a healthy baby, plus six support emails that never expire.

Newborn sleep can be a rollercoater to figure out so, stop wondering and get sleep guideance for healthy and happy sleep habits for your baby. Click above or reachout for a free 15 minute call via the Contact Me button. A rested baby is a happy baby!

Milestones and regressions

Milestones and regressions are common times when your child will have sleeping difficulties. The first two years is filled with milestones, regressions, illness, growing, and changing! It sure feels like a roller coaster of changes! The good news is that if you are struggling, know that the stage will be over soon and it’s not going to be like that forever. Although, I can’t promise the next ‘something’ will be better, just different! Read the information about Milestones and Regressions here:

Understanding Baby Cries

Trying to figure out your newborn’s cries can be frustrating but, watch this video to unlock your baby’s needs! By listening to the beginning of the cry can save you from hours of frustration!
Cheat Sheet:

Neh = hungry
Owh = tired
Eh = burp
Eairh = gas
Heh = physical discomfort

Baby Sign Language

Babies are amazing, teachable beings who absorb more information than we give them credit for. Teaching them some baby sign language provides benefits for you and your baby. A few of the benefits include increased language skills, increases IQ, increases literacy in later years, and lessens crying and whining from frustration about not being able to communicate. The following videos provide you with a beginning to baby sign language!

The following videos will give you an introduction to basic baby signs. Thanks for watching!

Example Schedule - Newborn

Welcome to life with a newborn!  There are so many changes ahead and this is for you take a peek of a typical day.  There is no ‘right’ way in the beginning.  Expect many wake-ups at night, lots of diapers, feeding, and naps!

The number one tip is to watch your baby’s awake time.  From birth to 2 months old, their awake time should be around 45 mins to 1 hour.  Watch for sleepy cues, such as rubbing eyes, becoming disinterested in activity, and turning their head to the side in search of food.

This is only an example!  The best method is to keep to keep track of wake, eat, and sleep times to figure out the best schedule for you.  Once your baby wakes, be sure to watch the clock and have them sleeping again within 45 mins to 1 hour.

A day with a newborn (birth to 8 weeks)

6:00 am – Feed, diaper, sleep
9:00 am – Feed, awake time
10:00 am – Nap (about 30-60 mins)
11:00 am – Feed, awake time
12:15 pm – Nap (30-60 mins)
1:30 pm – Feed, awake time
2:30 pm – Nap (30 – 60 mins)
3:30 pm – Feed, awake time
5:00 pm – Nap (30 – 60 mins)
6:30 pm – Feed, awake time
7:30 pm – Short nap (20 – 30 mins)
8:00 pm – Feed, awake time
9:30 pm – Short nap (20 – 30 mins)
10:00 pm – Feed and sleep

*Possibly 3 night feedings

Need guideance to figure out your baby’s best routine?  Use the Contact Me button to schedule a free call!  Learn how to start healthy routines early on and avoid sleep training.

Example Schedule - 3 to 6 months old

This is a huge transition time for your little one. They will be growing and learning at a rapid pace, which leads to milestones and regressions. The best method when figuring out a schedule is to watch the clock and have them sleeping again within 1.5 to 2 hours.
Remember, this is only an example! The best method is to keep to keep track of wake, eat, and sleep times to figure out the best schedule for you.

This is only an example! The best method is to keep to keep track of wake, eat, and sleep times to figure out the best schedule for you. Once your baby wakes, be sure to watch the clock and have them sleeping again within 45 mins to 1 hour.

A day with a 3 to 6 month old

7:00 am – Wake and feed
7:30 am – “Play”
8:30 am – Nap
10:00 am – Feed, play
11:30 am – Nap
1:00 pm – Feed, play
3:00 pm– Nap
4:00 pm– Feed, play
5:30 – Short nap
6:30 – Dinner
7:30 – Begin “bedtime routine”
8:00 – Feed, book, bed
8:30 – Goal to be asleep + night feeds

Need guideance to figure out your baby’s best routine? Use the Contact Me button to schedule a free call! Learn how to start healthy routines early on and avoid sleep training. Yes, it is possible!

Example Schedule - 6 to 8 months old

A day with a 6 to 8 month old
This is only an example! The best method is to keep to keep track of wake, eat, and sleep times to figure out the best schedule for you. Once your baby wakes, be sure to watch the clock and have them sleeping again within 2.5 to 3.5 hours. Naps may vary from two to four naps per day.

6:30 am – Wake-up, feed
7:45 am – Breakfast, some solids if starting
8:30 am – Nap (about 1 hour)
10:00 am – Feed
11:30 am – Nap (typically 30-45 mins)
1:00 pm– Feed
2:00 pm – Nap (typically 30-45 mins)
4:00 pm – Feed
4:30 – Short nap (30 mins)
5:00 – Dinner
6:00 – Bedtime routine
6:30 – Feed, book, bed
7:00 – Goal to be asleep

*possible night feed

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Example Schedule - 9 to 12 months old

Keep in mind that this is an example. It’s still important to watch your baby’s sleeping cues along with their awake window. Your child’s schedule may look like this but it may not! If you need help figuring out what’s best for your child, don’t hesitate to book a free call with me with the link at the top of the page.

7:00/8:00 – Wake and breakfast (eat, play, sleep routine)
9:00/9:30 – Morning nap (using a ​nap routine)
12:00/12:30 – Mid-day nap
15:00 – Afternoon nap
5:00 – Dinner
6:15/6:30 – Begin bedtime routine
7:00 –Bed

Example Schedule - 13 months+

A day with a 13 month old
Again, this is only an example! This will become a typical schedule until around 15 to 18 months when another nap is dropped. It’s still important to watch the clock and have them sleeping again around 3.5 hours.

7:00 am – Wake-up
7:15/7:30 am – Breakfast
9:30 – Snack
10:00 –Nap
12:00 pm – Lunch
2:00 pm –Nap
3:30 pm – Snack
5:30 pm – Dinner
6:30 pm – Bedtime routine
7:00 pm – Bedtime

Need guideance about your child’s routine or nap schedule? Use the Contact Me button to schedule a free 15 minute call and learn more about the timing of naps.

Example Schedule - Toddler

NOOO! Are you hearing this often these days? What a time for learning independence, but one thing is for sure, sleeping is not to be forgotten. It may seem like your child has a lot of energy but getting enough sleep is crucial at this age. If you are dealing with a cranky toddler, think about how much sleep they are getting. For a toddler, 1 to 3 years, they will be able to handle an awake time of 4 to 6 hours before needing sleep again.

A day with a Toddler (2 to 5 years)
A two nap schedule will become a typical schedule until around 15 to 18 months when another nap is dropped. It’s still important to watch the clock and have them sleeping again around 3.5 hours.

Dropping another nap varies from child to child. If you child is not sleeping for the afternoon nap or struggling to sleep, then it’s time to consider going to a one nap schedule. Awake time increases to 4 to 6 hours by 2 years old.