1 Month Old Sleep Schedule: Laying Strong Foundations

Author Image By Paula McLaren - Norland Nurse NNEB RSH •  Updated: 04/27/23 •  Sleep / Sleep Schedules

Establishing a routine for newborn babies can be pretty chaotic… Especially as newborn babies won’t start to follow a consistent eat, play and sleep cycle until they are around 3-4 months old.

However, there are guidelines for wake windows and sleep patterns that can help bring a level of normality and organisation into your new life as a parent. So, here’s all you need to know about establishing a 1 month old sleep schedule…

How Much Should A 1 Month Old Sleep?

1 Month Old Wake Window

At 1 month, your baby will only have 30 to 90 minutes of awake time between their naps (so expect lots of daytime sleep). This ensures that your baby has enough awake time during the day to meet their developmental milestones and to consume enough daytime calories to grow at a rapid rate.

Sample 1 Month Old Sleep Schedule

Ok… before I give you a sample 1 month old sleep schedule, there’s an important note I must mention first.

With 1 month babies, it is crucial that we look at their sleep requirements in a 24 hour period as a whole. This is because it is very normal for a 1 month old’s sleep pattern to vary wildly from day to day.

For that reason, the 1 month old sleep schedule below is what a 1 month old baby should be doing and having WITHIN 24 hours, not minute by minute…

1 Month Old Sleep Schedule Sample

Nap Schedule For A 1 Month Old Baby

A 1 month old sleep schedule and their nap schedule are essentially the same thing.

At this age, babies are primarily concentrating on growing and preparing to develop a host of physical, emotional, cognitive and social skills and as a result, they will spend more of their time asleep than awake. Therefore, your baby’s nap schedule will look something like this:

Nap Schedule For 1 Month Old Baby

How Many Naps Does A 1 Month Baby Need?

Typically, a 1 month old will have between 3 and 6 naps a day. The final ‘nap’ of the day is more like a sleep window between you putting them to bed and baby waking for a feed before you go to sleep. This feed is known as a dream feed.

How Long Should A 1 Month Old Baby Nap For?

Your 1 month baby will nap anywhere between 30 minutes and 2 hours at a time depending on how busy their awake period was and what their individual sleep needs are. But, it is not unheard of for babies of this age to sleep for longer.

Bedtime For A 1 Month Old

Although I am a great advocator of establishing a bedtime routine as early as possible, at 1 month old your baby is simply too young for a full bedtime schedule.


The priority right now is to establish strong sleep associations by making a stark difference in your interactions with your 1 month old baby at night and day and to keep the sequence of events leading up to bedtime the same every night.

If you are bathing your baby daily, do so at the end of the day followed by a soothing massage, swaddled up for some quiet time together in a dimly lit room, followed by a feed and then settle your baby down in their nighttime sleep space bassinet or Moses basket.

Looking to get your little one to sleep quickly and effortlessly? Check out my Bedtime and Nap Cheat Sheet and master the art of making daytime naps and bedtimes as seamless as possible.

What Time Should A 1 Month Old Go To Bed?

Your 1 month baby will usually be put down for bed around 10pm after their dream feed. Once they are 3-4 months old, they will be able to start to have an earlier bedtime.

1 Month Old Sleep Tips

Managing a 1 month old sleep schedule is not easy and can change from day to day. But there are some things you can do to try and keep it on track and make it more manageable:

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Common 1 Month Baby Sleep Problems

The most common sleep problems in this age group are:

Frequently Asked Questions About 1 Month Old Sleep Schedule

Looking for more help with creating your baby’s 1 month old sleep schedule? Find answers to the most common questions here.

Can You Sleep Train A 1 Month Old Baby?

In short: no, I would not recommend sleep training a baby before they are 4-6 months of age. 1 month babies should be fed and allowed to sleep as often as they wish.

How Much Nighttime Sleep Is Appropriate For A 1 Month Old?

A 1 month old baby will sleep between 8-12 hours at night, but they will still wake up during that time for a couple of warm feeds.

How Long Should A 1 Month Old Stay Awake For?

The amount of time your 1 month old can stay awake will depend on the time of day and their personality. Most babies will be awake between 30 mins to 90 mins before needing to go back to sleep…

However, it is important that you learn and observe your baby’s sleep cues so that they can get them back to sleep when they need to so they don’t become overtired.

Can A 1 Month Old Baby Sleep Through The Night?

No. Your 1 month old will not yet sleep through the night. While your baby may be able to sleep for a bit longer at night, they will usually not have more than 4-6 hours of sleep between feeds.

Most 1 month babies will still be waking every 3-4 hours at night and the length of time they sleep between feeds at this age will vary from one night to the next.

Why Is My 1 Month Old Sleeping So Much?

Your 1 month old baby will typically be sleeping a lot because they are developing at an incredible rate that requires a lot of energy.

When Should I See A Doctor?

If you still feel that your 1 month old is sleeping too much; is struggling to stay away for 20 minutes between naps, or is showing any of the following signs, you should seek medical advice from your healthcare provider as soon as possible:

Sleep Schedules Further Reading

Here are some more baby sleep schedules to help you get the most out of helping your little one sleep as best they can.

After all…

Sleep breeds sleep!

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Author Image Bio
Paula McLaren is the founder of Teething to Tantrums and a highly qualified childcare expert with over 40 years of experience as a Norland Nanny. She holds a BA (Hons) in Early Years Development & Learning (0-6 Years) and the prestigious Norland Diploma. Paula has worked as a night nanny, run a successful daycare center in London, and helped raise countless children using her tried and tested developmental and guidance methods.

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