15 mamas share their child's nap schedule 😴

We asked #TeamMotherly to share their child's nap schedules and we received more than 1,000 responses.

15 mamas share their child's nap schedule 😴

While there's no one "right" way to parent, it can be reassuring to see how other mamas handle routines and transitions. Maybe you revolve your entire life around your baby's nap schedule. Or, you're trying to figure out how to drop that second nap for your toddler.

We asked #TeamMotherly to share their child's nap schedules and we received more than 1,000 responses. Here are some of them:

1. An 18-month-old with two naps

"My son is 18 months old. He wakes any where from 7-8 AM. He takes his first nap around 10-11 AM. He sleeps for one to two hours. He then takes another nap around 3 PM and will sleep for an hour and a half. He then goes to bed around 6:45-7:30 PM and sleeps through the night until the next morning."—Sara D.

2. Adult sons need naps, too

"Sons ages 28, 21, 18 they nap at every opportunity."—Jackie B. 😂

3. No more daytime naps for these four kids

"I have four children. As soon as they all turned one, they cut out their daytime nap. I currently have a 7-month-old that has never had a daytime nap, 10 mins max is all he will sleep during the day 🙄."—Naomi V.

4. A 20-month-old with one nap

"My son is 20 months old. Gets up between 7:30-8 AM, sometimes earlier. He's been taking one nap a day since before he was a year old, usually from about 12:30-3:30 PM. Bed time is around 8:30-9 PM, although by the time the kid finally falls asleep it can be anywhere from 9-10:30 PM."—Kelli W.

5. No schedule necessary

"No schedule for naps. Takes one if needed only. Bedtime is fluid too. She usually sleeps from midnight to noon. No pressure on the time she falls asleep but we are in bed by midnight every night."—Shakia K.

6. A 10-month-old with two naps

"My 10-month-old wakes at 6.30-7 AM, naps about 9-9.30 AM for one hour, then again in afternoon around 2.30 PM for about 45-90 minutes depending on her needs. Bed at 6.30-7 PM and wakes every two hours for a slurp of milk and a snuggle. 🤪😴🤪😴 TIRED Mammy!"—Car N.

7. A 4-month-old who power naps

"My 4-month-old girl bedtime routine at 7-8 PM depending on when she's starting to show she's sleepy. Feed between 1-3AM and back asleep until 6-7 AM. Feed then asleep 8 AM. Feed then asleep around 11 AM, sleep at 1 PM. Feed at 2 PM, then sleep at 3 PM. Feed at 5pm and sometimes another nap. Very loose schedule as it's all guided by her but this is about standard. Her naps are usually 10-minute power naps too."—Jade W.

8. A mom with two kids on slightly different schedules

"My 4-year-old daughter quit her nap when she was just over 2.5 yrs. She's been sleeping 12-plus hours a night since eight weeks old. She previously had good naps, but once little brother came.... game over. Her bedtime is 7 PM, she's usually asleep by 8 PM, and she wakes up at 8 AM for preschool or 8:30 AM on non-school days. My son is 20 months—asleep at 7 PM, wakes between 7:30 and 8 AM, naps from 1-4 PM."—April B.

9. A 2.5-year-old with a must-have daily nap

"2.5 years old. Noon to 2 PM everyday, an occasional Saturday it might start at 1 PM, but always a daily nap."—Tamara X

10. An 18-month-old who fights sleep

"18 month old.Hates sleep. Fights naps. Has yet to sleep through the night. Depending on how long she parties at 2-3 AM depends on when she crashes... sometimes 10 AM sometimes 1 PM sometimes 3 PM and sometimes no nap and she crashes at dinner in the high chair. I try to have her routine bath at 7 PM and in bed by 8-8:30 PM with her melatonin. We are up by 7 AM every day."—Casey L.

11. A 1-year-old with two naps

"1 year old still two naps a day. First nap seemed to be getting later and shorter but now he is back to napping 9:00-10:30 AM and then 2:00-3:30 PM. Bedtime at 7 PM (asleep by 7:30 PM) and wakes 6 AM (like clockwork, putting him to bed later does not get us a later wake up!)"—Tracey N

12. A 10-month-old who recently hasn't woken overnight for a bottle

"10 months old. Awake at 6:30 AM on the dot most mornings. Two naps a day anywhere from one to two hours. Bedtime around 6:30-7 PM. Bub sleeps for 11-12 hours overnight and recently hasn't woke for a bottle. 🙌🏼I base naps and bedtime around awake times! 👍🏼"—Carissa L.

13. A 3-month-old that naps longer when she's being held

"I have a 3-month-old, she's in bed by 8:30-9 PM and sleeps till 7-8:30 AM. Rare occasion she's up earlier like this morning (6:30 AM) lol. She eats and then is up and actually is tranced by Mickey Mouse lol she will always nap about a hour and a half to two hours after her feedings. Naps range from hours to mins. All depends. She don't stay sleeping for long if I lay her down by herself but if she's next to me or in holding her then it's hours."—Randi G.

14. A 4-year-old with quiet time

"My 4-year-old daughter stopped napping before she was two. We couldn't force her to sleep and she sleeps much better at night without napping. We enforce "quiet time" instead. My 18-month-old son loves naps and naps once in the morning around 11 AM to 1 PM and again around 3-5 PM. He sleeps all night from 7:30-8 AM."—Lori E.

15. An 11-month-old who co-sleeps

"My 11-month-old is a co-sleeper so she gets up with me at 6:30 AM on weekdays, her sisters are on the bus by 7:10 AM, she falls back asleep till 10-11:00 AM sometimes so do I. Then she's up and her next nap is around 2:00 PM, she wakes up when her sisters come home at 3:00 PM. Sometimes she'll take a cat nap when I'm cooking dinner around 6:00 PM, then is in bed by 10:00 PM and sleeps through the night. She's the best!"—Rachel F.

You might also like:

We're so glad to live in a time when modern baby gear exists. Sure, no one is going to argue that having a baby is easy—but it can be easier with support from some gadgets designed to help your baby and put your mind at ease.

As you build your baby registry, look for products that go the extra mile to make your life a whole lot easier. For example, what's better than a bassinet? A bassinet that can rock by itself. And what's better than a traditional baby monitor? One that allows you to actually take a peek at your baby. Believe us when we say these upgrades can make all the difference.

Here are 10 baby gadgets that will make your life so much easier… relatively speaking, of course!

A bassinet to promote safe + sound sleep

HALO Innovations Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Essenta Series Nautical Net

The safest place for your newborn to sleep is in your room, but not in your bed. Thanks to the swivel function of the Halo Bassinest, you can easily tend to your baby during the night—which means more sleep for you, too. Trust us when we say that is the best gift you can give a new parent.


A smart swing for your baby

4moms mamaRoo 4 Bluetooth Enabled High-Tech Baby Swing - Classic

Believe it or not, many babies are born with strong opinions about how they want to be rocked, swung or shushed to calm down. With the mamaRoo's various motions and reclining positions, you'll be able to find a setting your baby loves when you need to free up your hands for a bit.


A complete travel system for car + sidewalk

Chicco Bravo Travel System - Indigo

No matter where the day takes you—or what mode of transportation you need to get there—getting a complete travel system for your baby will equip you for anything.


A swaddle you don’t have to wrestle

Love To Dream Swaddle UP Original

What do babies and Harry Houdini have in common? A knack for breaking out of tight constraints—which can be a headache when swaddling is the best way to help promote good sleep. Thanks to a breakout-proof swaddle that allows your baby to sleep with their hands up, you don't have to work up a sweat just to get your baby comfortably swaddled.


A nursery wherever you need it

Baby Trend Lil Snooze Deluxe II Nursery Center

During the early days of parenting (when you are feeding and changing your baby around the clock), having convenient access to everything you need with a go-anywhere nursery station can save you serious time and energy.


A little help for stuffy noses

Fridababy NoseFrida Nasal Aspirator

Up until the point years down the road when your child is able to blow their own nose, the sniffles can be a real struggle—but not with a nasal aspirator that makes it easy for you to get that snot out of their nose.


A way to keep an eye on your baby

VTech 5" Digital Video Baby Monitor - VM5251

Trust us when we say you'll sleep better when you know your baby is also sleeping soundly. That's why we're so thankful for modern-day video monitors, which allow you to check in on your sleeping baby without running the risk of waking them up when you sneak in for a peek.


A bassinet for hands-free rocking

Simmons Kids Silent Auto Gliding Elite Bassinet - Odyssey

Babies are soothed by rocking motions. But what does that mean for you if you can't rock them throughout the night? With an auto-gliding bassinet, they can comfortably drift off to sleep... and continue snoozing.


An easy way to contain diaper smells

Diaper Genie Expressions Pail

Sometimes it's the little conveniences that make a big difference in the quality of your day-to-day life. That's why a great diaper pail should not be undervalued: By containing the smell, you will save yourself dozens upon dozens of trips to the garbage can.


A white noise machine that pulls double duty

Hatch Rest Sound Machine, Night Light & Time-to-Rise

A phone-controlled sound machine may be something you never considered until now, but it will be a major lifesaver for years to come, especially as it can also function as a time-to-rise clock that promotes good sleep habits for your child.


And as for securing all these awesome products? Well, a Target baby registry is the way to do it. By creating your baby registry with Target, you will also enjoy their Year of Benefits registry program, which includes perks like a welcome kit with more than $100 in savings and samples, two 15% off coupons to complete your registry, and a full year of returns. The benefits are better than ever right now: Target just launched the Year of Exclusive Deals perk as one of its registry benefits, and this includes a year's worth of discounts on baby essentials (think diapers and formula) and comes complementary when you sign up for Target Circle.

Because while parenting may not be "easy," deciding to register with Target definitely is an easy decision. Start your Target baby registry now and enjoy shopping with a Year of Benefits featuring a Year of Exclusive Deals available via Target Circle, two 15% off coupons, a year of hassle-free returns, a free welcome kit and more!

This article was sponsored by Target. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

Our Partners

Sorry, you can’t meet our baby yet

Thank you for understanding. ❤️

In just over three weeks, we will become parents. From then on, our hearts will live outside of our bodies. We will finally understand what everyone tells you about bringing a child into the world.

Lately, the range of emotions and hormones has left me feeling nothing short of my new favorite mom word, "hormotional." I'm sure that's normal though, and something most people start to feel as everything suddenly becomes real.

Our bags are mostly packed, diaper bag ready, and birth plan in place. Now it's essentially a waiting game. We're finishing up our online childbirth classes which I must say are quite informational and sometimes entertaining. But in between the waiting and the classes, we've had to think about how we're going to handle life after baby's birth.

I don't mean thinking and planning about the lack of sleep, feeding schedule, or just the overall changes a new baby is going to bring. I'm talking about how we're going to handle excited family members and friends who've waited just as long as we have to meet our child. That sentence sounds so bizarre, right? How we're going to handle family and friends? That sentence shouldn't even have to exist.

Keep reading Show less

10 photos to take on baby’s first day that you'll cherish forever

You'll obsess over these newborn baby pictures.

Bethany Menzel: Instagram + Blog

As you're preparing for baby's birth, we bet you're dreaming of all of the amazing photos you'll take of your precious new babe. As a professional photographer and mama, I have some tips for newborn photos you'll want to capture.

Here are the 10 photos you will want to take on baby's first day.

Keep reading Show less